It’s Not Just the Blues: Signs Your Child is Depressed


ChildClinical depression is one of the most pervasive mental health disorders in the country. It is widely believed that this is exclusive to grown-ups. Contrary to mainstream opinions, children can also experience depression and anxiety.

According to Child Mind Institute, 17.1 million young people have or have had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder. About 14% accounts for depression and bipolar disorder, and 11.2% accounts for severe impairment.

A study cited by the New York Times says that the mental illness can surface in children as young as 2 or 3. With all these reports, it is necessary to know the symptoms of depression and prevent them from getting worse.

Persistent Sadness

This is the most obvious sign of depression. More often than not, this sadness is unexplained. In other cases, this can be triggered by certain situations. Persistent sadness brings with it a string of other effects and symptoms, such as concentration problems and difficulty to enjoy things they normally enjoy.

Unreasonable Anger

Children may also display some bouts of unexplained anger. Compass Family Counseling says this anger is their form of response to sadness and frustration. In some cases, the child’s anger is a way of blaming themselves.

Some Physical Indicators

As depression alters routines, such as sleep and diet, the child may incur physical pains and the likes. These usually include fatigue, weight loss, headaches, and stomachaches.

Suicidal Thoughts

Be sensitive to the signs that tell your child might commit suicide. If you show some indications, do not just tell them to brush off those thoughts. That won’t help. Instead, give them reassurance that you will be by their side no matter what. Make them feel loved.

It is important to note that depression symptoms in children are not universal. They vary depending on the situation. Nevertheless, you should not consider these symptoms as a normal developmental phase. Seek the services of a reliable counselor or psychiatrist.