How To Tell If Your Child Has Depression

How To Tell If Your Child Has Depression

Depression can defer from person to person. Your child might look normal, but there is always a chance that deep inside, they can be dealing with anxiety or even depression. Mental health is a real problem, even with younger kids or teenagers, and it can be addressed only by talking about it. 

We live in a generation where having good mental health is one the most important part of our lives. But we also live in a generation where everyone’s showing off on their social media handles, and most of the time we get intimated by it. 

As a parent, you must make sure that your child is feeling loved and has a peaceful environment to grow. A child spends the majority of his time in school and it is always a good habit to check up on them through teachers, making sure they have friends and are having a good time at school.

There are a lot of reasons for child depression, some of them include bullying at school, unpleasant fights between parents, and a history of mental illness in the family.

1. Loss increase of appetite 

Sometimes, a child stops eating or either eat more than usual. This might be one of the early symptoms of depression.

2. Exhausted all the time

There are chances that if your child has depression, they might not be in the mood to play or go out, and want to spend time alone. 

3. Oversleeping

Adults and children tend to oversleep to avoid reality, which is one of the important symptoms of depression. 

4. Interacting less 

If your child suddenly stops interacting much with you or your family members. They stop playing with you or their pets and instead want to spend time alone. 

5. Anger

Notice if your child is getting more angry than usual or showing any symptoms of crankiness which was not the case before. Outbursts can also be a symptom of depression.

6. Feeling of sadness

Sometimes, you can see that your child is noticeably sad and is not interested in anything.

7. Social Withdrawal

If your child is not looking forwards to spending time or playing with their friends and instead wants to be alone.

8.  Not able to concentrate

If your child is lost in thoughts and not able to concentrate on studies or even watch their favorite television show. These were some symptoms of child depression. Dealing with children can often be tricky. They get overly sensitive, and they take everything to their hearts. 

If you think that your child has depression, the first thing to do is talk to them about it. If they are not willing to talk then, try to get professional help. Always make sure to mention that you are always there for them no matter what. Take them seriously. If your child is coming to you even with a silly problem, it might not be silly for them. It is very important to make sure you maturely treat their problems. 

Make them feel important. Interact with them. Ask their opinions on small matters, and spend quality time with them. Sometimes, just being there for them makes a lot of difference. Do not hesitate to share your feelings with them, tell them how much you love them and how much they mean to you. 

We know it can be difficult for a parent to see their child going through anxiety or depression. One of the best ways to handle this is to try and remain calm, and understand what your child is trying to tell you.

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