Recognizing signs of depression in kids

It’s not unusual for a child to feel sad and helpless. But if the feelings persist or become extreme, the child may be depressed. And a depressed child should meet with a professional. Staying home during this pandemic is best for everyone's safety but can leave your child feeling sad and disconnected. 

Here are some signs your child could be experiencing depression and not just sadness: 

  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Having a hard time paying attention
  • Feeling worthless, sad or irritable much of the time
  • Losing interest in doing fun things
  • Hurting him or herself

If you're child begins to show more than one of the above, you might consider meeting with a professional to talk about treatment. 

Work2BeWell.Org offers ways to get started.

About the Author

Whether it's stress, anxiety, dementia, addiction or any number of life events that impede our ability to function, mental health is a topic that impacts nearly everyone. The Providence Mental Health Team is committed to offering every-day tips and clinical advice to help you and your loved ones navigate mental health conditions.

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