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How long will childhood depression last and what should you to handle depressed person?

• Depression is one of the most common emotional disorders.
• It may be manifested in feelings of slight sadness to utter misery and dejection.
• Depression is a very unpleasant malady.
• The mental stress and strain of day-to-day life, usually leads to this disorder.

How long will depression last?

• Most episodes of depression in children and adolescents last about less than nine months.
• After one year, 70 to 80 per cent of children will have recovered.
• One in 10 remains persistently depressed.
• Half of the young people will relapse.
• The depression may return within two months after getting better.
• Clinical depression recurs in 70 per cent of children and adolescents.
• This is after five years.
• Around a third of children and adolescents who have depressive illnesses may have recurrent episodes.
• This is true even in adulthood.
• Recurrence of depression is more likely the earlier in life.
• The more times it recurs, the more severe it is.
• Up to 30 per cent of children and adolescents who have a depressive illness may have a bipolar affective disorder link.
• It may take 5 to 10 years before this becomes clear.
• There may be several different kinds of depression in early life.
• Some of these are strongly linked to depressive illness in adulthood.
• Adolescents with depression are just as likely to develop recurrent depression as an adult.
• Depressive episodes may get longer and more severe with recurrences.
• This can cause huge disruption to young people’s social lives and schooling.
• There’s a risk of suicide.
• It’s vital that adolescents with depression get properly treated and are helped to get well and stay well.

What should you do if a child or adolescent in the family appears to be depressed?

• Consult GP.
• Ask a referral to a local child and adolescent mental health service.
• These are the main source of treatment.
• School counselors can also advise a young person, who thinks they might be depressed.
• Talk to them about how to get help.
• The most important thing for a young person to do is to tell someone how low they are feeling.
• It is preferred that the person speak to a professional such as a GP or school counselor.

Treatment for Depression

1. Medications
• Antidepressants work to normalize naturally occurring brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, notably serotonin and norepinephrine.
• Other antidepressants work on the neurotransmitter dopamine.
• Scientists studying depression have found that these particular chemicals are involved in regulating mood.
• The newest and most popular types of antidepressant medications are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs include:
– fluoxetine (Prozac)
– citalopram(Celexa)
– sertraline (Zoloft)
– paroxetine (Paxil)
– escitalopram (Lexapro)
– fluvoxamine (Luvox)

Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are similar to SSRIs and include:
– venlafaxine (Effexor)
– duloxetine (Cymbalta)

2. Psychotherapy
• Talk therapy works to lift mood and help patients with depression improve coping skills.

3. Electric Shock Treatment
• Electric shock treatment, or ECT, for depression is used for severe depression or when depression medicines fail to work.

4. Interpersonal Therapy
• Interpersonal therapy is for group of people or the patient with family.
• This is good for depression in children.
• These include addresses group sessions, techniques, and what to expect.

5. Other therapies and treatments
• Psychodynamic Therapy
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• Depression Trends
• Treatment Resistant Depression
• Antidepressant Withdrawal

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