Identifying depression in children


According to psychiatrist Judith Rappor of the National Institute of Mental Health, "...these abnormalities may be a neurological misfiring, a sort of hiccup, in the caudate nucleus buried deep within the basal ganglia [an area in the brain]. And there may be a genetic basis for the disease because OCD runs in families." This disorder can be treated with antidepressant medication, so seeking medical intervention is recommended.

If you have a child experiencing depression, in whatever form, you can write to: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 3615 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016 or call them at (202)-966-7300 for additional information regarding your child's specific diagnosis.

Please, for your child's sake and your peace of mind, don't ignore the symptoms of depression. They probably won't go away on their own. And your child won't be able to "snap out of it" anymore than an adult can. You owe it to your child and to yourself to seek help.

This article was reprinted with permission from Single Parenting in the Nineties. Copyright 1995 by Pilot Publishing. All rights reserved. This article may be printed out for personal use but may not be reproduced in any other manner, including electronic, without prior written consent from Pilot Publishing. Permission requests may be submitted to Brook Noel.

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