Childhood depression

Specialty of Psychiatry

Depressive disorders during childhood refer to the state of depression that a child may suffer. The most common symptoms are, unlike the symptoms of adults (low mood and inability to be happy), discouragement, unmotivated asthenia, irritability, indecision, and negative feelings about oneself and feeling of incapacity or failure. Childhood depression can be treated either with psychotherapeutic action, which should be extended to the child's family environment, or in the most severe cases with a pharmacological treatment with antidepressant (AD) psychotropic drugs. Other types of drugs recommended, according to the specialist, are benzodiazepines, antipsychotic neuroleptics, carbamazepine, lithium salts or sympathomimetic.

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