Although you have learned about depression's predictors, causes, and definitions, uncovering the truth about childhood depression is still elusive. In this chapter, you will start to get a real grasp on whether your child is depressed or merely temporarily sad. Making this distinction requires time and focus. Again, buck the urge to compare your child with someone else's. It never works and it is a sure-fire way to make an inaccurate decision. Gathering information is the quickest way to find the answer.