Depression And Anxiety In Children Are Not Uncommon.
What Is Depression?
- Feeling hopeless
- Mood changes
Depression And Anxiety In Children
Children may be at greater risk of depression if they:
- Are going through a stressful time
- Have suffered the loss of a family member, friend, or pet
- Have low self-esteem
- Have a family history of depression
- Are struggling at school
- Have suffered abuse
What Are The Signs Of Depression?
- Does your child’s behavior change from being outgoing to being withdrawn in a short space of time? Often?
- Have your child’s school results and feedback from teachers changed dramatically?
- Does your child always seem to be sluggish and listless?
- Has your child become disinterested in family events and everyday life with family?
- If they have minor complaints such as a headache, does your child use it as a reason to avoid going to school?
- Does your child seem to have little-to-no interest in continuing friendships?
- Has your child talked about hurting themselves or wishing that they were dead?
- Is your child experiencing a severe loss of appetite, or do they eat for comfort and gain weight rapidly?
- Has your child been exhibiting what you consider to be an excessive number of negative behaviors?
- Has your child started to use alcohol or drugs as a way of “coping”?
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)