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Why should depression be treated?

If left untreated, depression can interfere greatly with the development, well-being, and future health and happiness of your child. Depressive thinking even can become a lasting part of his or her personality and lead to mental disorders in adulthood. Depression can lead to eating or sleep disorders, obesity, substance abuse, and even suicide, which is the second leading cause of adolescent death after motor vehicle accidents.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

When kids start going on TV binges or devouring fistfuls of cookies, it's easy to say, "They'll grow out of it." More likely, they're acquiring bad habits that could lead to childhood obesity and...
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Because bipolar disorder is a lifetime mood disorder, it is important to seek treatment for any depressive episode. If the depression goes low enough, you can be at risk of hallucinations, psychosis, and paranoia—mood states that are extremely serious and require hospitalization for proper treatment. Also, untreated depression increases the chance of suicidal thoughts and actions.

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