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Childhood Depression In recent years we have heard of depression and the affects of the disorder and what medications and theories help to prevent depression in adults Many people are not aware that not only is depression diagnosed in adults recently studies show that depression is diagnosed in adolescents Not only adults become depressed Children and teenagers also may have depression Depression is defined as an illness when it persists Childhood depression is one of the most overlooked disorders Depression probably exists in about 5 percent of children in the general population Children under stress who experience loss or who have learning or conduct disorders are at a higher risk of depression Studies show that depression is more likely to show up in boys than in girls Depression in men and meal adolescents most of the time is over looked are misdiagnosed Men for instance have higher rates of drug abuse and violent behavior that do women or young female adolescents do and some researchers belie that this behavior masks depression or anxiety Canetto 1992 Kessler al 1994 Some Psychologists believe that the reason that young males are more likely to suffer from depression because of the stigmatism of being a male and being taught by adults that expressing there feelings are wrong According to Carol Wade Travis Depression Major Depression is a disorder that is sever enough to disrupt a persons ordinary functioning Physiology filth edition 586 The diagnoses of depression might be the same for adults and adolescents but the behavior of depressed children and teenagers differs from the behavior of depressed adults Child and adolescent psychiatrists advise parents to be aware of signs in there youngsters such as persistent sadness A major change in sleeping and eating patterns and increased activity or irritability Depression is accompanied by physical changes as well Frequent complaints of physical illness such as headaches and stomachaches A child who used
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