Due to the tragic events which occurred this morning at LaSalle High School in Cincinnati, Ohio we would like to provide our readers with information about depression in adolescents and children. The information which is linked is from http://www.webmd.com and is just a guideline. If you feel your child is suffering from any of these symptoms please call their doctor and have them evaluated.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim his parents and family, the students, the staff, and all the parents of the LaSalle community.
Depression is a serious mood disorder that can take the joy from a child’s life. It is normal for a child to be moody or sad from time to time. You can expect these feelings after the death of a pet or a move to a new city. But if these feelings last for weeks or months, they may be a sign of depression.
Experts used to think that only adults could get depression. Now we know that even a young child can have depression that needs treatment to improve. As many as 2 out of 100 young children and 8 out of 100 teens have serious depression.1