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Individuals with depression experience a change in mood (e.g., individuals may feel more sad, lonely, or tearful) and/or a loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities. Such changes are apparent most of the day, nearly every day.  In children and adolescents, depression can manifest as an irritable mood.   Other symptoms associated with depression include fatigue, feelings of guilt, problems concentrating, changes in appetite, sleep problems, and/or suicidal thoughts.  While all people sometimes feel down or sad, depressive symptoms are more pronounced and persistent, and they cause significant impairment in functioning.  There are a range of treatment options available for those feeling depressed, such as psychotherapy and medication. 


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National Alliance on Mental Illness (Information on Depression)

Depression in Children & Teens

NYT Article: How to Spot Depression in Young Children

Anxiety & Depression Association of American (ADAA)

How to Talk to Your Child about their Mental Health

How to Talk to Your Child & Teen about Self-Harm

How to Talk to Your Child & Teen about Suicidal Thoughts/Behavior

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (988)

The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ crisis support)

Children's Crisis Response Phone Numbers for Minnesota Counties 


Ballard Clinic

Children's Minnesota (teens)

PrairieCare (children & teens)

Rogers Behavioral Health 

Water's Edge Counseling & Healing Center

Center for Collaborative Health


List of books for children & teens

Depression & Your Child: A Guide for Parents & Caregivers

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas for Depression (adults)

Feeling Great: The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression & Anxiety (adults)

I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression (adults)

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling & Start Living (adults)

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