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10 Signs Your Child Is Depressed | Child Anxiety



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I'm going to talk about the signs that

your child is depressed the reality is

the children of all ages actually can be

depressed and it sometimes is tricky for

parents to figure out what's just a kid

being a kid or difficult behavior and

what's a sign of depression parents

should always keep in mind that if you

have any questions or doubts about if

your child is depress to really get some

help that you don't have to go through

this and figure it out on your own but

in general children as well as teenagers

can become depressed and yes they

sometimes can look very sad and

withdrawn and those are the things we

often associate with depression but they

also may be irritable or angry and

that's often the way depression in young

children shows up it's not them saying

I'm so sad and hopeless and helpless

that's more what teenagers might say so

with young children sometimes it's their

behavior that tells you that something

might be wrong and that they're feeling

depressed so they might not be sleeping

well the signs of depression may vary

depending on the age of the child so

young children may show that they're

depressed by being irritable or angry or

certainly by being more tired that we

sometimes associate with adults you know

at any age kids as well as teenagers may

not be as interested in activities they

may not be as happy they may be more

withdrawn they may not want to be

hanging out with their friends they may

have trouble sleeping and especially you

want to look at when there's changes and

behaviors changes in eating changes in

sleeping changes in appetite changing in

performance at school and changing enact

changes in activity level with teenagers

it can be a little trickier sometimes I

think for parents to figure it out and

diagnose their child teenagers often

don't come out and say that I'm

depressed they may act it by being more

withdrawn

being in their room more but they

sometimes will make excuses for that

behavior and parents may think that it's

just a teenager being a teenager or just

because they're on the computer more

that's what teenagers do but what you

don't know is what are they doing on the

computer

are they withdrawing from friends are

they being more are they turning inward

to themselves are they acting out and

angry because they're not feeling good

about themselves and sometimes are they

happy on the outside but really

struggling so much on the inside with

teenagers to something that can happen

is they're acting angry but with them

they may act out they may use drugs or

alcohol or other kinds of things to try

and help themselves with those feelings

that they're - that they're too worried

about or embarrassed about talking about

with someone for parents with children

of any age the things to think about and

keep in mind when you're concerned if

your child is depressed has there been a

change in their behavior has it gone on

too long

is it intense is your child acting sad

and withdrawn and especially are they

feeling or talking about being hopeless

and helpless like there isn't going to

be a better day I think parents are

often concerned parents should be

concerned when the child talks about

hurting themselves because you don't

know how serious that is and you need to

take it seriously because it may mean

that they need help with how they're

feeling and you don't want that feeling

to turn into a behavior that is

self-destructive so in general when

you're worried about a child who's

withdrawn who's not enjoying things they

used to be doing who's by themselves

who's not connecting who's changed

they're eating and they're sleeping

behaviors we want to think about

checking it out with a professional

better to talk through what's going on

with a professional and find the best

way to help your child

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