Childhood is normally a happy time, where kids are full of energy, playful and carefree. Sadly, some children and adolescents can go through a period of depression. Kids and teens aren’t always eager to disclose to their parents how they’re feeling, but there are signs that can clue you in that something is wrong.
According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, about 5 percent of children and teens suffer from depression at some point in their young lives. This can be genetic, from experience stress or great loss or because of attentional, learning, anxiety or conduct disorders.
Here is a list of signs that your child could be depressed:
Early diagnosis and treatment are essential in helping a child with depression. If your child has two or more signs of depression, it’s time to seek professional help. Treatment includes therapy and in some cases, medication. The AACAP recommends talking to your family doctor who can recommend a professional in psychiatry who can help treat your child’s depression.