Children and Depression

March 5th, 2006

Little Miss Serious, originally uploaded by Temeculamom.

Unfortunately, depression is something that can be seen in children too.

Similar to depression in grown-up people, children also tend to show sadness and irritability.

Low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, change in appetite and sleep patterns, concentration difficulties, some phsyical pain that have no physical cause and a general change in activity level are main symptoms of depression in children.

Treatment can be made by antidepressants, psychotherapy or both. It is a very cruical responsibility to treat a child in depression because suicide and self-harm is not less common with children in comparison to depressed people in general.

There are psychiatrists and pschologists who are experienced in healing depressed children.

4 Responses to “Children and Depression”

  1. James Gordon Says:

    Thank you for your comments! This is so important!!!

  2. Temeculamom Says:

    Interesting. I just came across this through a web search. I’m the original photographer, and this is my daughter. It is actually pretty apropos, because I have suffered pretty seriously from depression since puberty/age 12, and I worry that my daughter may too someday, as she is only 9 but in puberty herself. This photo doesn’t demonstrate her typical mood, but it does illustrate your point very well. Thanks!

  3. osman Says:

    @Temeculamom: Thank you very much for your comments. I wish a healthy life to you and to your lovely daughter.

  4. Brooke Says:


    I too came across this in a search. I am a professional counselor and have seen many depressed children. Here is a link to an article I have written on treatment options if you are interested.

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