Child Psychiatry Blog

Teen Depression Statistics
Dealing with Teen Depression and Teen Depression Statistics
Depression in teens typically presents with symptoms similar to those of adults.  What is considered unique to teenagers is the higher incidence of irritability in place of intense feelings of depression.  Teens with depression may seem grouchy or just plain bothered by everything and everyone.  Depressed teens may seek out verbal confrontation with peers, adults and siblings. Here are some other statistics about teenage depression Comorbidity 60% of depressed teens have another condition such as anxiety, substance
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Dealing with Winter Depression
Dealing with Winter Depression
Winter Depression Winter depression is a type of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that surfaces typically as the days grow shorter and colder.  Some people are very aware that each winter they get the “blues”, but, other people are not until they begin to track their mood.   SAD is NOT its own diagnosis rather it is a cyclical subcomponent of one of the three following mood disorders: Major depressive disorder or Bipolar I or II disorder. Typical symptoms
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Anxiety symptoms in children
All children get anxious.  Typical childhood anxiety is called “normative anxiety” and may consist of nervousness with the upcoming school year, going on an airplane for the first time or learning to ride a bike.  Pathological anxiety is severe and persistent anxiety that is markedly elevated in respect to their peers.  The most common anxiety disorders are generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety disorder and selective mutism. Generalized Anxiety Disorder Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
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What are the Causes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) presents in childhood or adolescence in about 50% of all cases.  It is a disorder that his known to cluster in families and have a strong genetic component. It is estimated that about 1 to 3% of the population in the United States (about 3 million people) have OCD.  The typical age of onset is between 9-11 years in males and 11-13 years in girls. In children, OCD more commonly occurs in males whereas
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Trouble Sleeping in Children
Sleep is a crucial component of proper development and daily restoration for all humans, especially children and teens. The National Sleep Foundation recommends school aged children (ages 6-13) get 9-11 hours of sleep and teens (ages 14-17) receive 8-10 hours. Children who receive less than the recommended amount of sleep, or poor-quality sleep, are more likely to experience daytime sleepiness, reduced performance in school, and have behavioral problems. Additionally, improper sleep over long periods of time increases
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