Depression is the most common mental health problem in the US, and children are not immune.
Depression is not a transient sad mood or irritability. When a child is depressed, these feelings
are pervasive, lasting for weeks, months, or longer. Additionally, a depressed child demonstrates
significant changes in behavior and ability to function, and may also show:
- Low self-esteem or feeling worthless. They may say, “I’m bad. I’m stupid. No one likes me.”
- Little interest in activities they previously enjoyed.
- Changes in sleep, concentration and appetite.
- Anger, Rage or they may say, “I’d be better off dead!” or “Wish I’d never been born!”
Childhood is not entirely a carefree period, and many kids feel powerless or they have no control
over their own lives, which can be frightening and frustrating day after day. So it is critical parents
understand the signs and symptoms of childhood depression and the opportunities afforded to them.
Learn more on our health topics page: Depression In Children