Because of variations in development, children’s symptoms of depression can be different from adults. They are irritable and angry, perceive that others reject them, feel stupid, ugly and incompetent. They just don’t feel well.
Vague complaints like headaches, stomachaches, sleep problems, appetite, fatigue unexplained crying or tearfulness might be observed. They avoid social interactions.
If you see any of these along with concentration problems, changes in appearance, decline in academics and an increased interest in death or suicide, don’t just stand there, do something.
Girls attempt suicide, but boys actually succeed. Around the age of 12, they may start self-medicating with alcohol. A family history of depression or substance abuse creates greater risk for depression. Although symptoms may vary at different times, intervention is necessary.
Talk with your pediatrician. Ask for a referral. Interview the therapist to see if they are a "good fit" for you and your child.
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