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Can depression cause physical symptoms in my teen?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine

Depressed teens have similar symptoms to depressed adults. They may sleep too much or not at all. They may complain of constipation and have a change in appetite. They may stop eating or overeat and they may complain of headache, stomach pain, low back pain or fatigue.

Like children and adults, teens may experience physical symptoms from depression. Those can include headaches, stomachaches, cramps, and other aches and pains that don't go away. If you suspect your teenage child is depressed, talk to his doctor. Depression treatment is available.

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