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Originally Posted by jaye View Post
She said she doesn't know what's going on but she feels sad. Last week she said she thinks she is depressed.
Her parents are kind of freaking out and have maybe given it a bit too much attention but they're trying to back off a bit.
I would take her at her word and get her evaluated for depression. Lack of appetite may be one symptom of depression, and depression is entirely possible (unfortunately) in a child of this age. I would also keep an eye on her physical health and make sure that all is ok after her recent illnesses.

I hope your friends find an answer for their daughter soon.
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