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Therefore, the risk factors for depression in children and adolescents are not well understood. What we do know is that the risk increases if there is a chemical imbalance in the brain and often this is hereditary, inherited through the family tree. What we have to understand is that the risk factors are often exacerbated when there is a stressful event in the child's life, such as a change in school, perhaps a move, a marriage or some kind of loss. We must also recognize that risk factors, if unnoticed and untreated, exacerbate more difficult situations that can lead to other disorders, such as anxiety. While research is still being done to understand the risk factors for depression in children and adolescents, what we do know is that if there are signs and symptoms of depression in your child, immediate intervention is required.
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