Major depression is also known as clinical depression or unipolar depression. It is a type of mood disorder that goes beyond normal daily ups and downs.

Depression involves the body, mood and thoughts. It can affect eating, sleeping or thinking patterns. It is not the same as being unhappy or in a “blue” mood. It is not a sign of weakness or something that can be willed or wished away.

Children with a depressive illness cannot just “pull themselves together” and get better. Treatment is often needed. Many times, treatment is crucial to recovery.