Is Your Child Depressed?|Signs of Depression in Children

Signs of depression in children are different from those in the adults.

Children and teenagers are particularly vulnerable to depression, as it is during this period that they are exposed to abuse, bullying, peer pressure, and rebelling tendencies.

Among this age group, depression is usually seen when there is persistent disturbance in the child’s daily functioning and activities. 

However with the proper knowledge and guidance you can prevent your children from suffering from depression. 

It is important to take note that presentation of depression in children greatly differ from those of the adults.Children often do not complain of low or sad mood like the adults do. Activities of children largely revolve around playing, so it is a crucial indicator of their depressed state.

Instead of playing often with friends, a child experiencing depression may suddenly lose interest in going out to play and may choose to be alone. All of a sudden, things that were once fun bring very little satisfaction for them.

In severe cases, these depressed children may even verbalize their thoughts of committing suicide, which is an immediate cause of concern for parents and physicians. Meanwhile, adolescents often resort to alcoholism and even drug abuse in dealing with their depression.

It is also important to look for depression in children who tend to cause trouble in the school or in the playground. These children use their destructive behavior as a coping mechanism for their depression.

It is particularly dangerous because the parents or teacher often deal with these children with punitive measures, when in fact, all they need is someone who will be there for them to share with their feelings of sadness and dejection.

These are some depression symptoms in children that you must look out for:

  • Pretends that he is suffering from disease and is sick.
  • Refuses to go to the school.
  • Excessively clings to the parent.
  • A relatively low energy, which is highly unusual for this age group.
  • Decreased interest in playing or any other pleasurable activity.
  • Difficulty relating with others.
  • Poor performance in school due to poor concentration.
  • Abrupt changes in sleeping or eating patterns.
  • Low self-esteem, often due to rejection or failure.
  • Have worries that a parent may die.
  • Expression of self-destructive or suicidal behavior.

Should these manifestations occur, parents must seek help immediately.

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