Depression can strike at any age and parents should be aware - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/8/10

Depression can strike at any age and parents should be aware

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – We know adults can suffer from depression and thoughts of suicide, but Dr. Valerie Robinson says she's seen that in kids as young as 8 years old. 

Dr. Robinson, a psychiatrist at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and the teacher of Community Medical School this Tuesday, says she wants parents to know the warning signs of childhood depression.

"A change in their behavior, if your child used to be outgoing and involved in sports, good grades, sleeping and eating really well, and then all of a sudden you're noticing, there's trouble with sleep, appetite changes, lose of interest, doesn't want to go out with their friends," said Dr. Robinson.  "Grades are starting to drop and they're more irritable, then it might be more serious.  It truly could be depression and particularly if it runs in families."

Dr. Robison will also discuss risk factors and where to go for help if you are concerned about your child's mental health.  Community school is every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and it is $20 for the remaining five classes.  You can just show up at the door to register or call 743-2008.

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