Depression

Updated 11 July 2014

Depression in childhood

Reluctance to attend school and excessive clinging to parents may be symptoms of depression.

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Reluctance to attend school and excessive clinging to parents may be symptoms of depression.

Poor academic performance or a change in scholastic achievement as well as behavioural problems such as substance abuse, sexual promiscuity and running away from home may be depressive symptoms in adolescence.

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Michael Simpson has been a senior psychiatric academic, researcher, and Professor in several countries, having worked at London University in the UK; McMaster University in Canada; Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.; and the University of Natal in South Africa.

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