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Childhood Depression: Warning Signs of Suicide?

Parents should be particularly vigilant for signs that may indicate that a child with depression is at risk for suicide. Warning signs of suicidal behavior in children include:

  • A focus on morbid and negative themes
  • Frequent accidents
  • Giving away possessions
  • Increased acting-out behaviors
  • Increased crying or reduced emotional expression
  • Increased risk-taking behaviors
  • Many depressive symptoms (changes in eating, sleeping, or activities)
  • Social isolation
  • Substance abuse
  • Talking about death and dying
  • Talking about suicide or feeling hopeless or helpless

 

Can Childhood Depression Go Away Without Treatment?

Childhood depression tends to come and go in episodes. There can be spontaneous recovery from childhood depression. However, once a child has one bout of childhood depression, he or she is more likely to get depressed again. Without treatment for childhood depression, the consequences of depression can be extremely serious, even deadly.

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Reviewed by Daniel Brennan, MD on May 10, 2014

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