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Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development but can children really suffer from depression? The answer is ‘Yes’. Depression can have harsh and lasting consequences for children. It can result in hindrances in their emotional, social, physical growth.


  • Generally, depression in children can be caused by any combination of factors that relate to physical health, life events, family history, environment. 
  • Children with a family history of depression or have parents that suffer from depression are at greater risk of experiencing depression. They  become silent and do not open up to the parents about what is wrong and what is bothering them.
  • Thinking negatively, negative self evaluation, Psychological control by parents, invalidating his feelings, disrespect for his individuality results in depression. 


 If a child is sad doesn’t mean he is in depression,it can be just a change a change in his mood, but if we notice same behaviour in all of his activities, then something is really serious and he/she needs proper treatment.Children with a family history of violence, alcohol abuse, or physical or sexual abuse are at greater risk for suicide, as are those with depressive symptoms.

  • anger
  • difficulty in concentration
  • continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • prefer to stay alone
  • sensitivity towards rejection
  • sleeplessness or excessive sleep
  • crying
  • thoughts of suicide
  • lack of confidence
  • Feelings of worthlessness 
  • Thoughts of death or suicide


  • Academic decline and failure
  • suicidal thoughts and behaviour
  • abusive behaviour
  • likely to be unemployed
  • problem in their work and social lives
  • relationship problems
  • breaks the social rules
  • takes drugs and alcohol


  • listen to your child
  • always tell him/her that he/she is special
  • motivate them for social gathering
  • observe their activities
  • take help from professionals
  • take treatment if you are a parent with depression
  • make positive environment
  • respect your child’s individuality
  • plan some outings every year
  • never discuss serious matter in front of child
  • do regular exercise like swimming, playing, running
  • get enough sleep
  • eat a balanced diet 
  • be hopeful

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