Common Signs of Child Depression

child depression

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Suitable for: Families of secondary-age children. Families with older primary-age children may find this useful too.


Lots of parents worry about child depression. Many children have periods of sadness in their lives and they often naturally overcome them with your support. But how can you tell if it’s more serious and your child is depressed?


Causes of child depression

Many children struggle with their mental health, and the numbers are increasing. Post COVID-19, we’re likely to see the numbers of children needing mental health support rise even more. 


There are a wide range of reasons for child depression, including:

  • Problems with their physical health, particularly with chronic conditions 
  • A family history of depression, especially over several generations
  • An imbalance in their brain chemistry
  • Stressful life events
  • Chaotic family life
  • Financial instability
  • Health of a family member
  • Social isolation
  • Bullying



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