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Is Your Child Depressed?

Signs Your Child Might Suffer From Mental Illness
Believe it or not, depression among children is a thing, and often goes untreated. As we hold it down in the village for our youth, it's important to know and understand the signs. If your child acts a fool in these streets, for example, it doesn't always mean they're a badass--it could actually be a sign for help. Pay attention. (Photo: JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images)
Social Withdrawal
If your youngster appears a little anti-social and withdraws themselves from other children, it could mean they're dealing with much more than a case of shyness. Children who are depressed may feel misunderstood, irritable, or worse, worthless. Mental disorders associated with social withdrawal are schizophrenia, as well as other personality disorders. (Photo: Dann Tardif/Getty Images)
Irritability or Anger
If your child has a temper tantrum, it may not be because he or she is in need of a nap or ass whooping. In fact, they could very much be acting out of stress and sadness. Rather than going from 0 to 100, stop and ask your child how they are feeling. You may find that their anger is a sign of something much deeper. (Photo: JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images)
Changes In Sleep Pattern
A child sleeping too much or not sleeping enough is a common symptom of depression. In fact, change in sleeping patterns is quite an early sign of anxiety or depression. Toddlers and preschoolers are more likely to experience this symptom, so be on the lookout. (Photo: White Packert/Getty Images)
Vocal Outbursts or Crying
Similar to anger or irritability, children who have vocal outbursts or cry a lot may, too, suffer from mental illness. So before you chalk it up to them being a spoiled little brat, remember to remain compassionate and see beyond what lies on the surface. (Photo: Wavebreakmedia/Getty Images)
Changes In Appetite
Children LOVE to eat. So if your child is refusing to chow down, it may be a sign that they're too sad or stressed out. To that same point, though, children who seem to not have an appetite at all could also be experiencing symptoms of depression. (Photo: JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images)
Difficulty Concentrating
When you're stressed and depressed it can be hard to focus on important things like school work, or even simple activities. A child who is consumed by his or her depression or anxiety may find it very difficult to read or complete their homework. They're unfortunately too distracted by their emotional pain that they're unable to stay on track. (Photo: JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images)
Unable to Engage in Events or Activities
Children typically possess tons of energy, therefore when he or she is unable to participate in sports or other fun activities, it could be a clear red flag. So if your child is sitting on the sidelines while their peers are having the time of their lives, be on guard and seek help where needed. (Photo: Alistair Berg/Getty Images)

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