Though the term "depression" can describe a normal human emotion, it also can refer to more severe problems when symptoms don't seem to pass and last more than two weeks. Depressive illness in children and adolescents also includes a group of symptoms that have been present for at least two weeks.
|In addition to feelings of sadness and possibly irritability, a depressive problem that could lead to a more serious disorder includes several of the following:|
Children and adolescents with depression may also have symptoms of irritability, grumpiness, and boredom. They may have vague, non-specific physical complaints (stomachaches, headaches, etc.). There is an increased incidence of depressive illness in the children of parents with significant depression.