Depression in the Young

Children can become depressed, but they may not be able to express themselves in a way that would make it clear they are depressed. Because the risk of suicide increases significantly, it is important to detect depression and suicidality as early as possible. Here are some important behaviors that may signal depression in children:

  • A child whose grades decline suddenly

  • A child who no longer enjoys activities he or she took pleasure in

  • A child who talks of death or suicide

  • A child who becomes fearful or anxious

  • A child who becomes antisocial or aggressive

  • A child who begins using alcohol or illegal drugs

  • A child who complains of aches in arms, legs or stomach with no apparent cause