Depression is present in all age groups but it goes undiagnosed and untreated mostly in children, this is because the symptoms of depression in children vary. Early signs of depression in a child is masked by acting out or having an angry behaviour.
Many display consistent sadness and low mood, social withdrawal, change in appetite – either increase or decrease, difficulty concentrating, change in sleep – sleeplessness or excessive sleep, physical complains that don’t respond to treatment, increased sensitivity to rejection, loss of interest in school, poor academic performance, feeling of worthlessness and guilt, thoughts of suicide or death.
Keep in mind that many children continue to function reasonably well in a structured environment but if the depression is significant, they will be a noticeable change in the social behaviour of the child.
Parents and guardians should watch out for these symptoms and take necessary steps (such as visiting a therapist) before it gets significant.
No one remains unaffected by depression as it affects people of every age group. Adults, children, teenagers, even older ones can get depressed. One study shows that almost one out of four young people experience depression before reaching the age of 19.
However, childhood depression can be harmful to the health of the children if not diagnosed properly on time. Today’s parents should be conscious and aware of emotional warning signs from their kids. If you are seeing these early signs in your child, you should immediately contact a therapist.
Now the question arises how can you find out whether your child is in depression or not? The signs and symptoms of this mental disorder may vary from one child to other. In addition to this, young children are less likely to express what they are feeling from inside than teenagers or adults.
Here we have enlisted some of the signs and symptoms of children. If your child is showing the same signs, take it seriously and opt for proper remedies.
Your child is getting frustrated or irritated very often.
If that child is experiencing sadness and loneliness.
Doesn’t talk to anyone and spends most time alone.
Doesn’t take interest in those things they used to enjoy earlier.
Your child is lost in his/her thought.
Changes in eating habits.
Sleeping and crying a lot.
Feels low all the time and etc.
Note: Every child who experiences depression may exhibit different sets of signs and symptoms.