Children who are depressed may have the same symptoms as
adults. But adults may believe that these symptoms are normal in children. Some
signs that may alert adults that children are depressed include:
Being grouchy and crying for no reason you can
Avoiding friends and social events. Children who are depressed
are often shunned by their classmates.
Doing poorly in school or
refusing to go to school.
Paying little attention to how they
Having behavior problems such as temper tantrums, becoming
sexually active, or using alcohol or illegal drugs.
along well with parents. Children who are depressed may avoid hugs and other
signs of affection from their parents.
Physical complaints such as
headache or stomachache with no cause you can see.
For more information, see the topic Depression in Children
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