Depression in Children

Can even very young children be depressed?

Yes, they can!

Depression affects around 2.8% of children under the age of 13 and 5.6% of 13-18-year olds. An estimated 20% will have had one depressive episode before the age of 18.

The key signs of depression in children:

Depression can affect different children in different ways. A child might feel any one or more of the following key symptoms:

• feeling sad or down, the feelings do not go away or may get worse
• feeling irritable
• not enjoying things they previously enjoyed

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