Depression is another word for feeling sad over a period of time. Feeling sad is normal. It does not result from lack of coping ability or strength. Certain events in a child’s life understandably make them feel sad, such as if a close friend moves away or a pet dies. But when a child’s feelings of sadness get in the way of normal activities such as sleeping, eating, going to school, and playing with friends, it’s time to take action.

Children experience depression differently than adults. Your child may not be able to tell you they are feeling sad, and they may not even feel sad at all. Instead, you may notice your child seems irritable, frustrated, restless, discouraged, or tired. These are some other common signs of depression in children.

These tips are helpful for all children, but they can be especially helpful for children with depression. Parenting is...

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