Depression: Signs and symptoms

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​Discover the signs and symptoms of depression in children and teens.

Key points

  • Depression has a number of emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioural symptoms. They need to be present for two weeks or longer in order for the diagnosis to be made.
  • Your child's doctor will conduct an interview, and possibly have you and your child fill out rating scales in order to confirm the diagnosis.
  • Your child's doctor might recommend that your child see another mental health professional for therapy or further evaluation, and may recommend medications or lifestyle changes.
Last updated: July 15th 2016