Symptoms and Signs of Depression in Children and Adolescents
Depression in children and teens is not rare. However, because normal behaviors vary from one childhood stage to another, it can be difficult to tell whether a child is just going through a temporary phase or is suffering from depression. Here is a list of symptoms and signs to help identify when a child is suffering from depression.
Symptoms of Depression Common to Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Common symptoms include:
Signs of Depression That May Be Present in Children and Adolescents
Note: Not every depressed child will experience every symptom—some will experience a few symptoms, some many; and the severity of symptoms will vary from child to child. Depression can be very serious, but it is treatable. If your child is showing any of these signs and symptoms, talk with your child's doctor.
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National Institute of Mental Health
Canadian Mental Health Association
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Last reviewed January 2013 by Brian Randall, MD