Depression in children and teens
Is your child struggling with depression?
Children with depression can often feel anxious, or permanently low, but please remember that depression is treatable. seek help for your child gif they are persistently unhappy, hopeless or have lost interest in things they used to enjoy
What is depression?
If your child has depression, they may be persistently unhappy, feel hopeless and lose interest in things they used to enjoy. Depression impacts how we feel, think and act. Depression affects children and teens in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. However low they are feeling now, please remember that depression is treatable.
When to seek treatment
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What you need to know
It's important to get help early if you think your child may be depressed. The longer it goes on, the more likely it is to disrupt your child's life and turn into a long-term problem.
Being irritable or grumpy all the time
Not being interested in things they used to enjoy
Feeling tired and exhausted a lot of the time
Not be able to concentrate
Interact less with friends and family
Not have much confidence
Eat less than usual or overeat
Have big changes in weight
Seem unable to relax or be more lethargic than usual
Talk about feeling guilty or worthless
Feel empty or unable to feel emotions (numb)
Have thoughts about suicide or self-harming
Actually self-harm, for example, cutting their skin or taking an overdose
Some children have problems with anxiety as well as depression. Some also have physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomach aches.
Problems at school can be a sign of depression in children and young people and so can problem behaviour.
Older children who are depressed may misuse drugs or alcohol.