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Did you know kids can experience depression?
Childhood is a carefree time, right? Unfortunately, this isn't true for all kids. About 2% of school-age children appear to have major depression at any one time. Depression in preschoolers is rare, but does occur. Childhood depression is caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, environment and adverse life stresses. But the good news is that children are surprisingly resilient, and the disorder is treatable in many kids. Medication and/or talk therapy is usually effective; consulting with a pediatrician, school counselor or social worker, or educator are good first steps to finding child-centered mental health care in your community. Take one step. It's never too late.