Signs Your Child is Depressed

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- Hi, I'm Adriane Kruer.

I'm a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles.

I've been working with kids and families for about 10 years.

I am a licensed psychologist working

with children ages three to 18.

I started working with children

when I did a master's in art therapy.

I really love working with families

to help them understand their kids better,

communicate better,

and get along better with their friends and family.

So some of the signs of depression in children

might be not wanting to do things

that they normally like to do,

like they don't wanna go to their normal soccer practice,

they might not want to go to a sleepover

and they normally would really like that.

Another thing that kids might show

when they're feeling depressed is some bodily symptoms.

They might have headaches more often,

maybe more stomachaches.

They might go to the nurse's office more often.

They might also have trouble getting along

with other kids at school or with their siblings.

You might hear about this at a school meeting.

Kids might also be a little more irritable.

Maybe they have more outbursts.

You might notice that they're a little more angry

than they normally would be.

That would definitely be a sign

that they're having some sort of sadness going on.

When talking with your kids about their feelings,

it is really important to let them know

that you are safe to talk to,

that you can be there for them.

Kids when they're feeling sad might not understand

that they feel depressed.

They may not know what's really going on for them.

So it's really important as adults

that we provide a really safe space for them to talk.

We might want to give them a lot of reassurance

and provide them some encouragement to open up.

If you do have concerns that your child is in danger

or they may have thoughts

of hurting themselves or someone else,

it is important to reach out for help right away.

Don't wait.

So you can call your local emergency services, 911,

or the suicide hotline.

They do have a youth division.

Paying attention to feelings is really important

to understand how we are getting along in the world

with ourselves and with other people.

Reaching out to a professional can be a great way

to just start the conversation.

Kids can make a lot of progress in therapy.

They can really start to understand

who they are as people, even when they're very little,

so it's nice for them to have a space

where they can get to know themselves,

start to understand how they wanna be in the world.

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