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Signs that a child might be experiencing depression include:

  • Feeling sad or irritable (e.g., seems “cranky” or “touchy”) 
  • Crying 
  • Feeling guilty, or blaming herself/himself for things
  • Feeling worthless or unloved
  • Not caring about what happens in the future 
  • Fatigue or low in energy
  • Losing interest in things that he/she used to enjoy (e.g., describes feeling unmotivated or “bored”)
  • Changes in sleep patterns 
  • Changes in appetite
  • Physical aches or pains (e.g., stomach aches, headaches) without a known medical cause
  • Difficulties with concentration or decision-making 
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Talking about death or dying
  • Appears restless, “fidgety”, or agitated
  • Slowed movements or speech

It may be helpful to consult with a professional if your child is displaying several of these signs that are continuing over time and are interfering with your child’s enjoyment in one or more areas of life (e.g., friendships, schoolwork, or family life).

The following practitioners at CPMG can be of service in evaluating and managing depression in children and adolescents:

Daryl is a paediatrician who has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital for 30 years and currently holds appointments as a general paediatrician in the department of General Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital, associate professor in the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, and senior research fellow in the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Daryl is active in research into better ways to treat children with developmental disorders such as autism, ADHD and Tourette syndrome.

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