Depression in adolescents & children

Major depression is common in adolescents - particularly in post-pubertal teenagers. Adolescent major depression is often characterized by more prominent cognitive and less prominent physical symptoms of depression. Cognitive symptoms such as helplessness, despair and suicidal ideation are prominent features of adolescent depression. Adolescents are primarily treated by individual therapy, however, close cooperation with the parents and measures supporting parenthood are an essential part of the treatment. Rehabilitation is also often necessary (e.g. education, social support).


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