Depression in children and teens is not rare. However, because normal behaviors vary from one childhood stage to another, it can be difficult to tell whether a child is just going through a temporary phase or is suffering from depression. Here is a list of symptoms and signs to help identify when a child is suffering from depression.

Common symptoms include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Unexplained irritability
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Significant change in appetite or body weight
  • Early morning awakening
  • Changes in sleep patterns, includes too little or too much sleep
  • Psychomotor agitation or retardation
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide