How can I tell if my child is depressed?
- frequent sadness that won't go away; crying
- feeling hopeless, helpless, withdrawn
- change in behavior, loss of interest in usual activities
- change in sleep, appetite or energy
- missed school or poor school performance
- frequent physical complaints
- irritability, fighting, trouble concentrating
- thoughts about death, suicide or running away
The good news is that we can help most children and adolescents who suffer from depression. However, treatment is most effective when it begins early and when it's individualized to the needs of the child and family.
For more information about the diagnosis and treatment of childhood and adolescent depression, see Facts for Families, a resource from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.