According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression may include: feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness, loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, and a feeling of sadness for more than a few weeks. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms then it is time to seek help from a medical professional.
Identifying depression in children is not always easy. Children, especially younger children, may not yet have acquired the vocabulary, skills or even the comprehension to articulate their experiences. Some children withdraw and become sullen and others may become hyperactive or aggressive. Children therefore manifest depression in very different…