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Depression in Pre-Teens

Mood swings are a trademark of the pre-teen years. But how can you tell when a simple case of the blues crosses over into depression? “Pre-teens” and “depression” can be a dangerous combination. That’s why it’s important to know what signs to look for—and to be willing to intervene if we suspect a problem. Chronic sleepiness is a key symptom. Children who don’t want to get up for school, or who consistently take naps during the day may be struggling with some form of anxiety or depression. They may also begin eating more or less than usual. Or stay irritated for weeks at a time. Some kids start shying away from their friends when they feel depressed. If any of these symptoms ring a bell, talk to your doctor. And don’t be afraid to get professional help if you think your child needs it. Pre-teen depression is serious business, and should never be ignored.

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