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Virtual Pediatric Hospital: CQQA: Depression

Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers

Depression

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: October 2001
Last Revision Date: April 2002


Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is depression?

What causes depression?

Who can get depression?

What are the symptoms of depression?
Most people feel sad or down every once in awhile. Feeling down is a common response to everyday stress. Feeling sad is cause for worry when sadness lasts a long time or keeps you from living your normal life. If you have four of more of these symptoms, you may be experiencing depression:

How is depression treated?

How can I help myself?
The following questions might help you and your doctor better understand your feelings of depression. Decreasing everyday stress might also help you feel better.

Ask yourself…

Decrease stress

When should I call the doctor?

Quick Answers

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