Though uncommon and affecting only about 2% of kids, depression in children does occur and should not be overlooked.
Childhood depression is not just occasional sadness, but rather symptoms that last for weeks, months, or even years if no treatment is received.
Additional symptoms of childhood depression include:
- Irritability or anger.
- Continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness.
- Social withdrawal.
- Increased sensitivity to rejection.
- Changes in appetite — either increased or decreased.
- Changes in sleep — sleeplessness or excessive sleep.
- Vocal outbursts or crying.