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What Is Depression?

Depression is a type of mood disorder that causes children to be sad,

discouraged, or irritable.


2-3% of children ages 6-12 may have serious depression

2M +

Over 2 million children between the ages of 6-17 have major suicidal thoughts annually.


6-8% of teens may have serious depression


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About Depression:

Children with depression often tend to be critical of themselves and others, and may frequently express dissatisfaction.


There are two major forms of depression: endogenous and exogenous.

Endogenous depression occurs seemingly without a specific cause and is believed to be influenced by chemical and/or genetic factors. It is frequently accompanied by feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and an inability to find enjoyment in normally pleasurable activities. On the other hand, exogenous, or reactive, depression is typically triggered by various forms of stress, such as the loss of one or both parents, a close family member, or a friend. Examples of stressors that can lead to depression include parental divorce, frequent arguments, loud confrontations, changing schools, or relocating. In exogenous depression, the world may seem dark and gloomy due to circumstances in the child's life, while in endogenous depression, the world may appear dark and gloomy due to internal factors.

Depression can disrupt energy levels, concentration, sleep patterns, and appetite. Children with depression may struggle to muster the effort needed to engage in activities they once enjoyed. Some find it challenging to exert effort, even in activities they previously found pleasurable. Depression can lead children to feel worthless, rejected, or unlovable. It can magnify everyday problems, making them seem more daunting than they actually are. In severe cases, depression can lead children to contemplate self-harm or suicide. They may experience feelings of worthlessness, rejection, or a lack of love. Depression can potentially culminate in suicidal thoughts or actions.

Depression symptoms can range from mild to severe and may encompass:
  • Feeling sad or experiencing a persistently low mood

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities

  • Changes in appetite, resulting in either weight loss or gain unrelated to dietary changes

  • Sleep disturbances, including trouble falling asleep or sleeping excessively

  • Decreased energy levels or heightened fatigue

  • Heightened, purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing)

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

  • Difficulty with concentration, decision-making, or clear thinking

  • Thoughts of death or suicide.

Where To Go For Treatment

Always try to talk to your child about their mood.
Seek additional help and support from your pediatrician.

Find a Doctor or Organization Near You!

The MircleKid website is not providing any treatment information. We are only providing information about medical conditions.


Treatment advice needs to be provided only by YOUR treating physician.

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