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Depression is a real, treatable medical condition. Depression is more than just a bad mood—it is a period(s) of irritability, intense hopelessness, anger, or frustration that can last for weeks, months, or longer. These feelings can make it difficult for children and teens to function as they normally would, to get through the day, or to find joy in things they usually enjoy. Some of the more troublesome symptoms of depression include self-harm and suicidal thoughts or feelings. Depression is also associated with a significantly elevated risk for anxiety and for substance use, behavior and eating disorders.

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