After a trauma, what are symptoms of depression in a child?

Children and adolescents can experience full-blown depression just like adults can. Their brains, however, are as yet very different from adult brain. While you may recognize some of the symptoms below as characteristics of adults, others belong only to young people. Be on the lookout for:
  • change in eating and sleeping habits
  • excessive crying
  • unexplained fears
  • loss of interest in friends
  • loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • excessive acting out
  • threats or thoughts of suicide

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Depression Symptoms

Depression Symptoms

Depression is more than just a low mood. Symptoms of depression include chronic sad feelings lasting up to two weeks, lack of interest in activities normally enjoyed, sleep disruption, overeating or appetite loss, feelings of guil...

t or worthlessness and a preoccupation with death/suicide. Depression symptoms also differ in men and women; the onset may follow highly stressful events such as physical and emotional trauma. Men tend to be more irritable and act out while women often cry or sleep more.

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