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Signs of Depression in Children and Adults

Depression is not only related to adults, children and adolescents can also suffer from depression at any time. Depression is a serious issue that can affect every aspect of their life. Depression is a feeling of discomfort and pain that may develop into an illness. Depression can be connected to many factors; such as school, grades, friends, family, obesity and so on. Children’s and adolescents’ behaviors usually change when they are depressed. So, parents should be aware of the following signs:

Social isolation: a depressed child or adolescent prefers to spend most of the time alone. They no more like to play with their friends and they try to avoid family gathering or outing. It becomes hard for them to connect with friends and family. They think that no one can understand them.  That is why, they start having difficulty in making or maintaining relationships.

Bad temper, anger or aggression: a depressed child or adolescent is often bad tempered and can quickly get angry or cry. They may become aggressive by verbally or physically attacking others. They no more care about others’ feelings. They may shout or cry for no apparent reason.

Poor performance: The child or adolescent may start causing problems at school, fighting with their peers or criticizing them. They have trouble concentrating, remembering things or completing assignment. They may also refuse doing their assignments or going to school. Sometimes, parents and teachers may not realize that the behavior problem is a sign of depression.

Low self-esteem: depression and low self-esteem are usually connected. Depression distorts the child or adolescent thinking and start to doubt their competence and abilities. They think that others are better than them.  They usually concentrate on their weaknesses and keep blaming themselves.

For help, parents should ask their physician to refer them to a qualified mental health professional,who can diagnose and treat depression in children and teenagers.

 

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