Depression in Children and Teens

This information is useful for children
A boy who looks like he is feeling depressed sits on the ground beside his backpack with his head in his hands.

Learning to balance life’s positive experiences and emotions with the unhappy ones is an important part of growing up, but some children find this to be a struggle. An estimated 3.2 percent of American children and adolescents have diagnosed depression. And while depression was long seen as an adult problem, researchers now know that even a 2-year-old can experience depression.

As children get older, some of those who suffer from depression have thoughts of killing themselves, a condition otherwise known as suicide ideation. Such thoughts can be fleeting ideas that suicide may be a solution to a situation (such as a painful breakup), or they may be more carefully thought out plans on how to make it happen.

At Yale Medicine Child Study Center, our highly trained clinicians have extensive experience delving into the environmental contexts of child depression, including family influence. We work with families to properly diagnose an array of mental health concerns among children and treat them. 

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