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Childhood Depression

Childhood Depression is a  type of mood (or “affective”) disorder, major depression, goes far beyond the typical feelings of sadness that a child might experience. Instead, major depression is a persistently sad or irritable mood that affects a child’s thinking and behavior at home, in school, and with peers. - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 

Deep Dive into Childhood Depression


About Childhood Depression

Research suggests that major depression has a strong genetic component given that the illness can be passed on from one generation to the next.  However, it’s important to note that children don’t always develop depression simply because their parents have it. Many children develop depression even when there is no family history of the illness. For more information, visit CHOP Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences webpage.

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