Depression and your child
Your guide to the signs and helping them find support
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Some people think depression is an adult condition. But it’s also common in children and young people.
People often say they are ‘feeling depressed’ about something, but this doesn’t mean they have depression.
Depression is a diagnosable disorder where a person’s mood is ‘down’ over a long period of time and this affects their everyday life. It can affect everyone - children at school and teenagers at college, university, in work or not in work, training or education.
In this leaflet you’ll find information on how depression affects children of different ages, the signs to look out for and how you can help.
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