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Beyond Sadness: Signs of Depression in Children & Teens

About one in five Children and Adolescents will experience an episode of depression before the age of 25. This is the peak age for the onset of depression in adolescence and young adulthood, and most adults who suffer from recurrent depression will have first experienced it during this period. The longer the signs of childhood depression remain undiagnosed and untreated, the longer they will take to respond to treatment. In addition, delays in treatment increase the risk of chronic or recurrent symptoms and negative impact on Child & Adolescent Mental Health.

Prolonged sadness and loss of interest in activities are symptoms of depression among adolescents, a serious mental health issue. It has an impact on how your child feels, thinks, and acts, and it can lead to emotional, functional, and physical issues. Although depression can occur at any time in life, signs of childhood depression may differ from those seen in adults.

Depression isn’t just feeling down. It can manifest in surprising ways in children and adolescents. As a concerned parent, recognizing those signs is the first step towards getting your child the support they need. At ChildrenPlus Greater Noida, we specialize in child and adolescent mental health, offering compassionate evaluations and tailored therapy to help young people overcome depression.

Key Signs of Depression in Children & Teens

  • Persistent low mood: Sadness, irritability, or outbursts that last for weeks.
  • Loss of interest: Withdrawal from favorite activities, hobbies, or friends.
  • Energy changes: Fatigue, difficulty concentrating, or significant changes in sleep patterns.
  • Eating disturbances: Appetite changes, weight loss, or weight gain.
  • Physical complaints: Unexplained headaches, stomachaches, or other aches and pains.
  • Feelings of worthlessness: Negative self-talk, excessive guilt, or low self-esteem.
  • Changes in school performance: Dropping grades, difficulty concentrating, or school refusal.
  • Thoughts of death or self-harm: Any expressions of this nature need immediate professional attention.

The Impact of Untreated Depression

Depression in young people can have far-reaching consequences:

  • Academic Difficulties: Impaired focus and memory can hinder their learning.
  • Social Struggles: Withdrawal and isolation can damage friendships and peer relationships.
  • Family Conflict: Mood changes and irritability can create tension at home.
  • Risky Behaviours: Substance use or other reckless behaviour can become coping mechanisms.
  • Increased Suicide Risk: Depression is a leading risk factor for teen suicide.

ChildrenPlus Greater Noida: A Path to Recovery

Depression is treatable! Our specialized therapists offer:

  • Accurate Diagnosis: We assess for depression and any co-occurring conditions.
  • Tailored Therapy: Evidence-based treatments like CBT, mindfulness techniques, and family therapy.
  • Parent Support: We equip you to support your child’s journey toward healing.

If you notice these signs in your child, don’t hesitate to seek help. Contact ChildrenPlus Greater Noida today for compassionate support and a brighter future for your child.

What you can do to help your child
There are a variety of therapy options available for childhood depression. These may include a combination of psychological (talking therapy) and/or medication. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most evidence-based psychological treatment for depression. Child Psychologists are qualified and trained health professionals who provide therapy based on scientific research that has been shown to be effective in symptom reduction.

Get in touch with us childrenplus by phone or email to set up a meeting with one of our specialist child psychologists if you suspect your child and teenager might be depressed and would like treatment. Our Noida based Psychologists specialise in Child & Adolescent Mental Health.