“Cheer up, you’re young,” and “you need to calm down” are just two of the things children with depression often hear from their elders on a daily basis. But childhood depression can interfere with a child’s daily life and cause both physical and emotional pain. One in thirty-three children have symptoms of depression and the number increases to one in eight as they reach their teenage years. So how can a parent tell if their child is depressed? Let’s take a look at some of the symptoms of childhood depression.
Symptoms of Childhood Depression
The symptoms of childhood depression vary from child to child so it is important to monitor a child’s behavior carefully for symptoms that revolve around sadness, hopelessness, and sudden mood changes. For many children, symptoms may include: irritability, anger, continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness, social withdrawal, changes in appetite, changes in sleep, vocal outbursts or crying, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue or low energy. Parents may also notice physical complaints like stomachaches and headaches, reduced ability to function during events or activities, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, impaired thinking or concentration, and thoughts of death or suicide.
Who is at Risk for Childhood Depression?
Depression can be caused by any combination of factors that relate to physical health, family history, life events, environment, biochemical disturbances, and genetic vulnerability. Depression is significantly more common in boys under 10 years of age but 16-year-old girls have a greater incidence of depression. While depression does not go away like a bad mood, it can be helped with the proper treatment.
Treatment for Childhood Depression
Family Services Foundation offers treatment options to help children and their family overcome this depression. One or more of our services may be used to help children and their parents through depression. Our services include medication management with our psychiatrist, individual counseling, family counseling, and group therapy. We also offer workshops and classes for our clients and their families to better equip them to deal with life’s challenges. For more information on our services or dealing with childhood depression, call Family Service Foundation, Inc. today!
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