Major depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It is defined as a mental health illness when the feelings persist and interfere with a child's or adolescent’s ability to function. Depression that occurs in children and teens can affect their ability to function and develop in many areas. Without proper intervention, depression can become debilitating, dangerous, and life threatening. Learn more about the condition, the steps you can take to seek a diagnosis, professional treatment, and measures that can be taken at home and school.
General information about major depressive disorder, such as what it is, the signs and symptoms, and prevalence
Why it is important to address major depression
The likelihood of improving
Who to contact if you think a child is suffering from major depression
Tools or tests that can be used to confirm the diagnosis
Available interventions for major depressive disorder, including important aspects of comprehensive condition management, such as medications, nutrition, creative arts therapy, mindfulness techniques, and mental health counseling
What can be done at home and school to help and support a child with major depression