Depression in a child is different from normal ‘blues’, irritability or occasional bad moods. But when these negative feelings and thoughts persist for a long time and limit the child’s ability to function normally through schoolwork, community activities and family life, however, the child may become depressed.

Dr. Mamta Jain explains Identifying Depression in Children

Identifying Depression in Children is not easy
It is difficult to detect depression in children as many of the symptoms can be interpreted as childish laziness, bad mood or respect or a change of heart. In addition, stress leads to an increased risk of academic failure, social functioning, suicide, alcohol/drug abuse, and other future mental illnesses.

Children with a family history of depression or other disorders are at greater risk of developing childhood depression than those who do not. Similarly, children who are exposed to extreme pressures, or who have experienced trauma, neglect, or abuse, or who have recently lost relationships may be more likely to become depressed. Depression is more likely to be found in ‘at risk’ children.

Childhood stress rates have been rising for the past few years. However, awareness did not hold them at the same level. Many cases of child depression are less well known because of anonymity.


After all, the symptoms of depression in children are difficult to recognize as basic, and children do not yet have a clear understanding of emotions. For this reason, it is important to pay close attention to the warning signs a child may be showing.

Dr. Mamta Jain explains Identifying Depression in Children

Warning signs:
An ongoing feeling of sadness, hopelessness
Great sensitivity
Anger and rage
Withdrawal and avoidance
Changes in diet
Sleep disorders
It’s hard to focus
Problem-making decisions
Boredom/loss of interest
Difficulty and relationships
Ongoing physical complaints (such as headaches, stomach or other pains)
Decreasing marks
Thoughts and talk about death
Escape or home escape threats
Early detection is a great help in treatment. Treatment of childhood depression reduces relapses and chronic episodes of depression in the future. It requires immediate consultation with a psychiatrist or counselor for a formal diagnostic and therapeutic program.

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Dr. Mamta Jain is one of India’s Top Psychologists and Best Psychologists. She is a Top Ten Psychologist of India. She has 22 years plus experience in the field of Psychology and she has achieved the honor of being awarded a Gold Medal. She is not only a gold medalist but she is a topper in University in Special Education. She is a renowned Psychologist, Top Psychologist in India, and Special Educator.


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