No one is exempted with the mental disorder known as depression. With the kind of environment we are into right now, we are most likely being affected with the events and get depressed. Children who are still naïve with the real world get depressed, too. It is not exclusive for adults who are undergoing heartbreak, dilemma, social problem and the like.
It is important to determine whether your child is depressed or not because there are cases that children lead to committing suicide due to this mental disorder.
It is normal for majority of teenagers as well as children to feel upset sometimes.
In addition, it is significant to know the symptoms of a depressed child such as:
- Being sad, irritable and hopeless.
- Being anti-social.
- Becomes too much sensitive.
- Lose interest in extracurricular activities like playing and going to school.
- Poor academic performance.
- Low energy.
- Sudden change of eating habit (may eat more or less).
- Change in sleeping routine (excessive sleep or sleeplessness).
- Problem with paying attention and concentration.
- May often thought of negative things such as hurting oneself.
According to WebMD, 2.5 percent children in the United States experience depression which is more usual than boys with the age bracket of 10 years old and below. As for the age bracket of 16 years old and above, girls have more tendency of being depressed.
However, boys are likely to kill themselves during suicide attempt while girls are more liable to try suicide.
Children whose family history had abuse of alcohol and drugs, sexual or physical abuse and violence are at bigger possibilities to commit suicide when depressed.