Certain medical or mental disorders can produce symptoms similar to depression. Before depression is diagnosed, it may be necessary to rule out other causes of the symptoms that your child or teen may be experiencing. These other disorders may be present along with depression. Examples of other conditions that can cause similar symptoms are:
Dysthymic disorder, which has fewer symptoms and may be less severe than major depression but lasts longer.
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: John Pope MD - Pediatrics Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine David A. Axelson MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry David A. Brent MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & David A. Axelson MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & David A. Brent MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry