Yes, depression in children is real. It is a lot different from “blues”. Depression in children is not generally circumstantial. It is mostly due to pathological reasons like fluctuations in the secretion of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
1. Tantrums and inappropriate anger response.
2. Crankiness and irritability.
3. Sadness or hopelessness.
4. Lack of interest in play or school.
5. Inability to handle rejection.
6. Increased or decreased appetite.
7. Major changes in sleep patterns.
8. Crying outbursts.
9. Getting distracted easily.
10. Inability to concentrate.
11. Low energy.
12. Lack of adjustment ability.
13. Headaches and stomach aches without physical cause.
Depression in children is pretty to easy to identify since children are generally cheerful and active. Anything about their behavior which seems off should be paid attention to without delay since behavioral problems internalize and form a part of general behavior quickly, which can make it difficult for parents to identify them later.