Depression is not just for adults, children and adolescents also suffer from depression . Childhood depression can arise from different causes such as major changes in your life, stress, death or loss of a loved one, a divorce, family problems, school problems, etc.
Children can show feelings of unhappiness, sadness, discouragement, irritability, etc., but most of them will quickly recover from these moods, so even if they are related, we would not consider them depression. We speak of depression in children when there is a serious alteration of mood, qualitatively different from sadness and that lasts over time.
Although each child is unique in terms of personality, their way of being or in the way of accepting and coping with changes, there are certain symptoms and behaviors that can help us to alert ourselves that the child is going through depression.
SYMPTOMS TO IDENTIFY DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN
If we suspect that our child may be experiencing depression, we must be aware of any of the following symptoms:
- He is always sad and cries very easily
- You have lost interest in things you used to like
- Their performance in school has decreased
- Withdraws from friends and family
- just communicates
- Gets bored and tired easily
- Has less energy or concentration
- Is easily irritated or overly sensitive to “unimportant” things, leading to tantrums or tantrums
- Has low self-esteem, even depreciating himself
- Constantly complains of headaches or stomachaches
- You have sleep disturbances by sleeping too much or too little
- You have food disturbances by eating too much or too little
- Enuresis (bed wetting)
- Talk about suicide
In cases of depression, all the symptoms do not have to appear, some may appear and others may not. It should be borne in mind that many of the symptoms described are also characteristic of other types of problems or disorders, so when in doubt it is best to consult a professional.
If you are looking for a Child Psychologist for the treatment of depression in children, do not hesitate to contact us.
Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.