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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Depression Resource Center [web resource]

depression289Some children and adolescents experience symptoms that are beyond the range of normal sadness. Depression can be diagnosed when feelings of sadness or irritability persist and interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to function. About 5 percent of children and adolescents in the general population suffer from depression at any given point in time. Children who are under stress, who experience loss, or who have attentional, learning, conduct, or anxiety disorders are at a higher risk for depression. Depression also tends to run in families. The good news is that depression is a treatable illness.

Depression Resource Center

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has an online Depression Resource Center with information that may be useful to to the parents, caregivers, and families of children and teens who are living with depression.

The  Depression Resource Center includes answers to frequently asked questions, clinical resources, video clips, research, recommended books, websites, and apps, and Facts for Families information sheets, a few of which are listed below:

Depression in Children and Teens
Suicide in Children and Teens
Bipolar Disorder In Children And Teens
Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents: Different Types
Stress Management and Teens
Teen Brain: Behavior, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Where to Find Help For Your Child

Medical Practitioners and Clinicians

The Depression Resource Center includes a section with clinical resources such as practice parameters, medication guides, rating scales, research and training, and more.


The mission of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.

The complete list of AACAP Resource Centers follows:

Source: AACAP | Autism Resource Center, https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Resource_Centers/Autism_Resource_Center/Home.aspx | Copyright © 2018 by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

To schedule an evaluation or to get advice about your child’s challenges, call or email a CHC Clinical Services Coordinator at 650.688.3625 or careteam@chconline.org

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