Kids and depression

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Kids and depression

When I was in medical school, we were actually taught that kids didn't get depressed, that childhood depression didn't really exist because kids weren't emotional mature enough to experience depression. Now we know that kids really do get depressed and it's not that uncommon. In young children, it's about 1-3 percent and among adolescents, it's between 5-8 percent, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Think of a high school classroom. There is probably one child in the classroom dealing with depression. By the end of High School, there may be as many as one in four kids that experienced depression.

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David Fassler, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

David Fassler, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist practicing in Burlington, Vermont. A graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, he completed his training in adult psychiatry at the University of Vermont, and in child psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as clinical director of Otter Creek Associates, a multidisciplinary practice providing comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Dr. Fassler is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont, and the Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families.

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