What is depression?

Also known as: dysthymia, clinical depression, major depressive disorder, major depression.

Depression is a common (2% of preschool and school age children; higher in adolescents) clinical condition that affects a child/adolescents mood and mental health, for more than two weeks, severe enough to interfere with everyday living.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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