Everyone feels sad, irritable or down sometimes, and it can be difficult to tell whether a child is suffering from depression. If these feelings go on for a few weeks, parents are worried about how the child's behavior has changed, or a teacher mentions that "your child doesn't seem to be himself," take this seriously.
If a visit to the child's pediatrician rules out physical symptoms, the doctor will probably suggest that the child be evaluated, preferably by a psychiatrist or other mental health professional who specializes in the treatment of children.
What symptoms might occur in a depressed child?
A depressed child may be sad, irritable, or feel very down. He or she may have physical complaints, refuse to go to school, be hopeless, have no energy, have changes in appetite, and have thoughts about being dead.
Depression can be treated. Doctors and specialists can help.
Lifenet is a free, confidential help line for New York City residents. You can call 24 hours per day/7 days a week. The staff of trained mental health professionals help callers find mental health and substance abuse services.
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Last Updated June 13, 2013