Child and Adolescent | Depression
As in adults, depression in children can be caused by any combination of factors that relate to physical health, life events, family history, environment, genetic vulnerability and biochemical disturbance. The symptoms of depression in children vary. It is often undiagnosed and untreated because they are passed off as normal
emotional and psychological changes that occur during growth.
The symptoms include:
- Irritability or anger
- Continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness
- Social withdrawal
- Increased sensitivity to rejection
- Changes in appetite either increased or decreased
- Changes in sleep (sleeplessness or excessive sleep)
- Vocal outbursts or crying
- Difficulty concentrating
- Fatigue and low energy
Physical complaints (such as stomachaches, headaches) that don’t respond to treatment. Reduced ability to function during events and activities at home or with friends, in school, extracurricular activities, and in other hobbies or interests. Feelings of worthlessness or guilt. Impaired thinking or concentration. Thoughts of death or suicide.