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Major depression, also known as clinical depression, is classified as a type of affective disorder (also called mood disorder) that goes beyond the day's ordinary ups and downs. It has become a serious medical condition and important health concern in this country.
The following are the most common symptoms of major depression. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
For a diagnosis of major depression to be made, a child often needs to exhibit a "cluster" (several) of the above symptoms during the same 2-week period. The symptoms of major depression may resemble other problems or psychiatric conditions. Always consult your child's health care provider for a diagnosis.