Every child gets sad, but you’re noticing your child is really sad. How sad is too sad and when does your child’s sadness become depression?
Depression is more than just simple sadness. It affects your child at home, school, his self-esteem, and his future. And when you child is sad, you get sad too. You are also probably frustrated, concerned, and at a loss for what to do.
Check out the video below for symptoms of depression and some resources to help your child.
How do I know if my child is depressed?
Good question! Signs of depression in children are:
- Depressed or down mood most of the day, nearly every day
- Not taking interest in, or enjoying the activities he used to
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Fatigue, loss of energy, and slowed physical movements
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Difficulty concentrating
- Thoughts of death
Bottom line: Even just feeling “sad” without meeting the criteria for depression can be enough to affect your child. Also, depression just doesn’t happen overnight. It can start with just feeling a little sad, and when left untreated, can spiral into depression. If you have any doubts about your child’s ability to cope with these tough feelings, and if you feel unsure of how to help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to resources in your community.
National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255
If you or a loved one is suicidal please call 911, go to the nearest emergency room or call the Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Jenmarie Eadie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about helping children to become less stressed by giving them and their parents tools, support and encouragement. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State with a dual concentration in Children, Youth, and Families; and Behavioral Health. Her proudest accomplishment is following her dream of opening up a practice that is designed to focus on the whole family. She currently serves families in Southern California.