4 Most Common Symptoms Of Depression In Children

Depression not only affects adults, but teenagers and children may also suffer from severe depression.

Childhood depression can be severe in most cases and may seriously affect a child’s growth and their ability to perform daily functions. In fact, studies have found that about 1 in 4 children will suffer from depression before the age of 19. If you are a parent, then it is crucial that you take notice of your child’s behavior immediately and identify the symptoms of depression in children, in case you believe your child may be depressed.

Can A Child Become Depressed?

Sadly, yes. Around 2 per cent of school-aged and even preschool children suffer from depression. Depression is different from feelings of sadness or simply being upset. If left unnoticed and untreated, depression can affect their growth, education, family & social life, hobbies and general activities.

Did you know suicide is one of the 3rd leading causes of death in children, teenagers and young adults between the age of 10 and 24?

Depression usually results in self-defeating and negative feelings and thoughts. This can accelerate the problem as your child might reject any support, advice or encouragement. However, parents don’t need to lose hope. Childhood depression can be easily treated if diagnosed in time.

Over 60 percent of kids suffering from depression get better simply by taking the right medications, depending upon the severity of the disorder.

 

Why Do Children Get Depressed?

When you come to think of it, from the outside it may seem that there is no need for a child to get depressed a long as they are raised in a safe environment by a loving and caring family. But childhood depression can result from various factors like –

  • Physical factors like chronic health issues, low thyroid levels or severe injury
  • Biological factors like inherited traits and genetic vulnerability
  • Environmental factors like toxic family environment, excessive criticism by parents, neglect or unloving parents
  • Social factors like friends, relatives, school and community
  • Economic factors like poverty and hardship
  • Psychological factors like psychiatric disorders, excessive stress or lacking confidence
  • Unpleasant life experiences like being bullied at school, neighborhood or even at home or certain traumatic events
  • Loss of a parent or loved one or even a pet
  • Divorce of parents or parents arguing all the time or negative environment in home
  • Moving away or shifting to a new location
  • Substance abuse
  • Sexual abuse

 

Common Symptoms Of Depression In Children

How Can You Tell If Your Child Is Depressed?

The signs and symptoms of depression in children can vary greatly. Most parents usually make the mistake of confusing depression with mood fluctuations or emotional changes. As a result, the child is often left untreated.

 

Here are some of the signs and symptoms of depression in children that parents need to look out for-

#1 Emotional Symptoms Of Depression In Children

Experiencing anxiety

Does your child may appear stressed, tense, or anxious? Depressed children may become panicked without any obvious triggers.

 

Becoming sad & hopeless

The major signs of depression are feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Your child may cry frequently, or they may isolate themselves to hide their tears.

 

Losing interest in activities

If a child loses interest in hobbies which they found pleasurable earlier, it may be a sign of depression. The child may nag about feeling bored all the time or may withdraw from participating in activities that they used to like.

 

Becoming angry & irritated

Your child might act out in anger, scream and shout or they might get constantly irritated. They may seem worried all the time due to feelings of distress.

 

#2 Behavioral Symptoms Of Depression In Children

Becoming restless

Behaviors like fighting and arguing, being reckless, fidgeting and acting unruly can be a result of depression in children.

 

Withdrawing themselves

Depressed children tend to isolate themselves and withdraw from regular activities which they used to enjoy earlier. They may also isolate themselves from friends, siblings and other family members and stay cooped up in their bedroom for days.

 

Overdoing any activity

Your child may over-indulge in specific activities like playing video games or eat excessively due to depression as they tend to act out of control.

Theo Harrison
Hey there! I am just someone trying to find my way through life. I am a reader, writer, traveler, fighter, philosopher, artist and all around nice guy. I am outdoor person but heavily into technology, science, psychology, spiritualism, Buddhism, martial arts and horror films. I believe in positive action more than positive thinking.

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