Are you feeling low? Have you lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy? You may be suffering from depression. And you’re not alone. Between 9 and 14 million Americans suffer from some form of depressive illness. One in four women and one in 10 men can expect to develop depression in their lifetimes. Children, too, are affected by depression. Approximately one in 33 children and one in eight adolescents exhibit signs of depression, yet, less than one third of these children ever receive treatment.So what are the signs of depression? Symptoms differ for adults and children. Following are some simple checklists that can help you determine if you or your child might be at risk for depression. When reviewing the checklists, consider the following: How long have the symptoms been present? How severe are the symptoms? Are the symptoms getting worse over time? Do you feel unable to cope with yourself or with you child’s symptoms? In general, if symptoms last more than two weeks without letting up, you or your child may be experiencing clinical depression rather than just the blues. In children, excessive or chronic moodiness, withdrawal from normal activities or aggressive behaviors should be considered… Read full this story
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