Why it’s trickier to spot depression in children

Mother with her toddler playing with pet cat on the floor at the kitchen at home

Adults are not the only ones who suffer from depression. Most people who suffer from depression are 15-30, but depression is a mental health problem that affects everyone, including children and youth. Children don’t always have the same symptoms or behavioral signals as adult’s –which makes noticing depression more difficult. Combine that with our readiness to overlook their actions as a “phase”, rampant hormones, or cry for independence and we have a recipe for not realizing when a young person is depressed. This article goes through some changes that might indicate depression in youth and children -such as constant complaints about headaches, troubles eating or sleeping, or difficulties concentrating. This article also has recommendations about some things you can do for the young person in your life, and your family.

Childhood depression is not always to see, if you are concerned about a child or youth in your family, and would like to arrange a free 30-minute consultation, I would love to discuss what you and your family could do to support them.

 

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