Childhood depression does not necessarily always manifest itself through sadness.
As a parent, your intuition may be telling you that your child’s “blues” aren’t normal. You might be wondering, “Is my child depressed?” Childhood depression does not necessarily always manifest itself through sadness. Children can also present with increased anxiety and irritability, behavioral outbursts/anger or be socially withdrawn. Hopeless thoughts (“Things will never get better”) and even suicidal ideation are not uncommon. Children coping with life stressors including separation or divorce, peer ridicule or rejection, conflict within family relationships, the loss of a loved one, academic difficulties or physical illness are often at greater risk for developing depression. Fortunately, our evidence-based treatments can be effective in combating depressive symptoms by challenging your child’s negative belief systems and behaviors, and developing positive coping styles.