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What are symptoms of depression in children?

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Symptoms of depression in children include:

  • Irritability or anger
  • Lasting feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Being more sensitive to rejection
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleep (too much or too little)
  • Vocal outbursts or crying
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Physical problems (like stomachaches, headaches) that treatment doesn't help
  • Being less able to handle events or activities at home, with friends, at school, or in hobbies or interests
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

SOURCE:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCE:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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