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10 Signs Your Child Is Depressed | Child Anxiety

No child should suffer depression and anxiety without help, seek professional help for you and your child and here’s some resources for educating yourself along the way:

Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking: http://amzn.to/1jOAGeu
How To Get Unstuck From The Negative Muck: http://amzn.to/1Pj1b7O
Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers: http://amzn.to/1LiG97G
What to Do When You’re Scared and Worried: A Guide for Kids: http://amzn.to/1jOAOuH
What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety: http://amzn.to/1JThS2M

Watch more How to Deal with Child Anxiety & Depression videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/517470-10-Signs-Your-Child-Is-Depressed-Child-Anxiety

I’m going to talk about the signs that your child is depressed. The reality is that children of all ages actually can be depressed. And sometimes it’s tricky for parents to figure out what’s just a kid being a kid or difficult behavior, and what’s a sign of depression. Parents should always keep in mind that if you have any questions or doubts about if your child is depressed, to really get some help, that you don’t have to go through this and figure it out on your own.

But in general, children as well as teenagers can become depressed. And, yes, they sometimes can look very sad and withdrawn, and those are the things we often associate with depression. But they also may be irritable or angry, and that’s often the way depression in young children shows up. It’s not them saying, “I’m so sad and hopeless and helpless.” That’s more what teenagers might say.

So with young children, sometimes it’s their behavior that tells you that something might be wrong and that they’re feeling depressed. So they might not be sleeping well. The signs of depression may vary depending on the age of the child. So young children may show that they’re depressed by being irritable or angry, or certainly by being more tired that we sometimes associate with adults.

You know, at any age, kids as well as teenagers may not be as interested in activities. They may not be as happy. They may be more withdrawn. They may not want to be hanging out with their friends. They may have trouble sleeping. And especially, you may want to look at when there’s changes in behaviors; changes in eating, changes in sleeping, changes in appetite, changing in performance at school, and changes in activity level.

With teenagers, it can be a little trickier sometimes, I think, for parents to figure it out and diagnose their child. Teenagers often don’t come out and say that, “I’m depressed.” They may act it by being more withdrawn, being in their room more. But they sometimes will make excuses for that behavior, and parents may think it’s just a teenager being a teenager. Or just because they’re on the computer more, that’s just what teenagers do. But what you don’t know is, what are they doing on the computer?

Are they withdrawing from friends? Are they being more…are they turning inward to themselves? Are they acting out and angry because they’re not feeling good about themselves? And sometimes, are they happy on the outside, but really struggling so much on the inside? With teenagers, too, something that can happen is they’re acting angry, but with them, they may act out. They may use drugs or alcohol or other kinds of things to try and help themselves with those feelings that they’re too worried about or embarrassed about talking about with someone.

For parents with children of any age, the things to think about and keep in mind when you’re concerned if your child is depressed, has there been a change in their behavior? Has it gone on too long? Is it intense? Is your child acting sad and withdrawn? And especially, are they feeling or talking about being hopeless and helpless, like there isn’t going to be a better day?

I think parents are often concerned — parents should be concerned when a child talks about hurting themselves, because you don’t know how serious that is. And you need to take it seriously because it may mean that they need help with how they’re feeling. And you don’t want that feeling to turn into a behavior that is self-destructive.

So in general, when you’re worried about a child who’s withdrawn, who’s not enjoying things they used to be doing, who’s by themselves, who’s not connecting, who’s changed their eating and their sleeping behaviors, you want to think about checking it out with a professional. Better to talk through what’s going on with a professional, and find the best way to help your child.


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  1. To relieved me from my depression when I was a child, there are stories my ma read to me since childhood. I feel the new generation who don't know should know the followings:

    Beatrix Potter
    Beaver Towers
    Fern Hollow
    Old Bear stories
    The Snail and the Whale
    Red Wall

  2. This is how many kids killed them self because of depression caused by their parents


  3. I literally need to show my parents this

  4. I now know that I am depressed and I’m 9

  5. if my mom only watched this

  6. Oh my god… I'm only 9 years old and I'm… I'm…. Depressed….

  7. Before I watch
    I struggle to fall asleep
    I have body image issues
    I have diagnosed OCD
    I can hide my emotions if I want to
    I’m very emotional
    I often feel fatigue
    I think I can always do better, and I over work myself
    I am 10

  8. How to I send this to my parents without actually sending this to them-

  9. its my mothers fault im like this.

  10. No one loves me not even my own parents do I need death in my heart💔💔💔💔💀

  11. I’m 11, but some people don’t understand that anxiety can occur in anyone. I personally have health anxiety, and that’s kind of uncommon in kids in my opinion. Since I’m an hypochondriac, I always search up my symptoms literally everyday. Sorry if this is kind of off topic, since this is anxiety about health instead of feeling emotional about something else such as getting heartbroken, losing someone or something, etc.

  12. My mom told me to stop my depression

  13. Before i watch here is whats happening at home:
    1. Cant fall asleep
    2. Not wanting to eat for some reason
    3. I dont have a lot of energy
    4. Not wanting to go outside
    5. Angry
    6. Sad alot
    7. Not feeling worth it
    Thats whats been happening lately..

  14. My phone is my cure but my parents always take my phone they dont know its the one that makes me happy😔

  15. I just watch it to hide my depression more easly ı can say ıt helped thanks

  16. Who else just wants to get away from reality

    my mom: that child is the happiest child I’ve ever seen

  18. I’m a child and I’m depressed but my parents don’t believe me, it’s hard

  19. I want to tell them but I’m scared I know they won’t take it seriously and I hide all my secrets happens at school everything I can’t cure it my anger ittuse are getting so high

  20. Welp its true •́ ‿ ,•̀ Im just hiding it me Im a kid I am depress

  21. Her: Are they withdrawing from friends?
    Me who hasn't talked to my friends since I last physically went to school: 🤔

  22. can i get this into my parent recommendations please

  23. I wish I can show this to my parents

  24. My parents would never search for this cause they're not even concerned of what i'm dealing with rn

  25. "your too young to be depressed."

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