Chapter 4

Dealing with Depression


It is not unusual for a child to feel a little down now and then, especially as he nears adolescence. Life is fraught with disappointments, losses, illness, and sad events. The child might be excluded from a sports team that they had hoped to play on, a favorite pet or grandparent dies, or they are rejected by their peer group. For most children and adolescents, feeling “down” is a transient event, and as the child engages in positive activities or events, they begin to feel better. Most cases of episodic depression last between 4 and 12 months. When the negative mood persists, the child may feel overwhelmed by sadness or hopelessness. In this chapter, causes of depression will be described. Four portraits ...

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