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Yes. Childhood depression is different from the normal sadness and everyday emotions that happen as a child grows. But if the sadness doesn’t go away, or if the child loses normal interest in school, family, or activities, they might have depression. It’s a serious mental illness. But it’s also a treatable one.Who diagnoses depression in children?
While there is no specific test for depression, a doctor may use psychological assessments to further evaluate the type and severity of the symptoms your child is experiencing. If warranted, your child may be referred to a mental health professional.Do all children show the same symptoms of depression?
No. Not all children have all of the symptoms of childhood depression. In fact, kids have different symptoms of childhood depression at different times and in different settings. Some children may continue to function reasonably well in structured environments.