Every kid shows some symptoms of depression from time to time, but the key is to ask yourself if they are showing too much of one or more symptoms.
Does your kid have an increase in headaches, tummy aches, nausea, sleeplessness, or too much sleeping that is not better with medicine or rest?
Does your child show an intense shift in personality or behavior that does not seem right?
Have your child’s symptoms lasted longer than two weeks? Have the symptoms gotten more intense? Do the symptoms come and go, with nothing easing the pain?
Is your child struggling with the thought of death? Does your child draw pictures, write, or ask about death?
Does your child express feelings of hopelessness or say scary things?
Does your child’s sadness interfere with their functioning in daily life?
Do others express concerns about your child?
Has your child tried to express to you that something is wrong?
Do your parental instincts tell you that something is not right with your child?
If your child is suicidal, take him or her immediately to the emergency room.