Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Children can often feel 'depressed' about a friend's cold shoulder, a bad result at school or sometimes they just feel 'down' for no reason at all. It can become a concern if your child continues to have such feelings frequently over a long period of time. If it starts to interfere with their ability to manage at home and at school, then you should seek help from a skilled professional.
Unlike adults, who can seek out assistance, children rely on parents, teachers or other caregivers to recognise their suffering and get them the help they need. Therefore, it is important to learn what depression looks like in children. The warning signs aren’t always obvious. It doesn’t always appear as sadness. Irritability, anger or agitation may sometimes be the most prominent symptom.