Signs & Symptoms

  • Frequent crying, sadness, tearfulness
  • Depressed or irritable mood
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability and anger
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Sleep problems or appetite problems
  • Social withdrawal
  • Restlessness or slowing down
  • Decreased interest or pleasure in activities
  • Extreme sensitivity to failure
  • Poor concentration
  • Frequent absences and declining academic performance
  • Boredom, low energy
  • Low self-esteem and guilt
  • Thoughts of death

There are two basic types of depression: major depression which lasts at least two weeks, and the milder but chronic dysthymia, which is a less severe but longer lasting depressed mood that lasts for a year or longer and seems to characterize the child's temperament or personality.