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
Behaviors like fighting and arguing, being reckless, fidgeting and acting unruly can be a result of depression in children.
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.
Childhood depression often makes a child to harm and injure themselves or indulge in activities that involve unnecessary risks.
Act needy and desperate
Children suffering from depression may become clingy and needy for their parents. They can become highly dependent on certain family members due to feelings of insecurity.
#3 Cognitive Symptoms Of Depression In Children
Unable to organize their thoughts
A child suffering from depression may have problems with their studies and will probably have difficulty in school. If they are unable to concentrate or complete their homework and other tasks, it is probably because they are depressed.
Having a negative attitude
Children with depression may have a pessimistic view of life and develop a negative outlook for themselves and for their life.
When a child becomes depressed, they tend to isolate themselves and avoid social situations as they lose all confidence to face other kids.
Feeling guilty and worthless
Depressed children tend to lose all sense of self-worth and consider themselves as useless. As a result, they may feel guilty for being a failure in their own eyes.
Having suicidal thoughts
In spite of how scary this may be to believe, but children can have suicidal thoughts just like adults. They may express their feelings through art or writing stories showing how they wished they were dead.
#4 Physical Symptoms Of Depression In Children
As depression leads to anxiety and nervousness, your child may start fidgeting, twitching or become unable to be still.
Childhood depression can often lead to insomnia, just like in adults. The child will have difficulty in sleeping. They may stay up all night, wake up very early or even oversleep.
Loss of appetite
If your child has started to lose weight or has lost their appetite, then it best to consult a doctor immediately. Depressed children usually avoid eating as they lose interest in all activities and become hopeless. On the contrary, if they tend to eat more than usual, then that may also be a cause for alarm.