Does My Child Suffer From a Depression?

Although depression is a serious illness, it can be treated. A depression is far more than an off-day or “the blues”. Children suffering from depressions often feel isolated, lonely and misunderstood. Normally, children suffering from depression will show signs of neglect: at school, at home, at the sports club. Some may even resort to alcohol, drugs or pornography. Each child is different and it will also display different symptoms at different times in different settings. It is not uncommon for children to be diagnosed with both depression and an anxiety disorder, or depression and general anxiety. About half of the people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Do you think your child might have or develop a depression? Get to know the symptoms first.

Symptoms of Depression:

  • Vocal outbursts or crying
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability or anger
  • Increased sensitivity to rejection
  • Changes in appetite — either increased or decreased
  • Changes in sleep — sleeplessness or excessive sleep
  • Physical complaints (such as stomach-aches, headaches)
  • Reduced ability to function during events and activities at home or with friends, in school, at extracurricular activities or in other hobbies or interests
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Increased sensitivity to rejection
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Impaired thinking or concentration
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Do you recognise one or more of these signs? Request an intake interview today.

Need help for depression in teenagers and young adults?

Yes We Can Youth Clinics can effectively treat teenagers & young adults who are struggling with depression.

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