Signs Your Child is Depressed

All any parent wants for their child is for them to be happy and successful. One thing that some parents fear is that their child is just the opposite and actually experiencing depression. Everyone experiences depression in their own way, some children will communicate and let you know what’s going on. However, this is not the case in most situations. In today’s blog at South Coast Community Services, we’re giving parents four common signs that your child is experiencing childhood depression. Keep reading to learn more and find the help/resources you need at South Coast Community Services today.

Male child sitting on a couch holding his father’s hands.

Consistently Low Self-Worth and Sadness

Self-esteem can be all over the place while growing up. Some experience outrageously high self-confidence while others experience all-time lows. Over time, this will often regulate and become more consistent. But, if your child is consistently sad and you see that they have minimal self esteem, this could be a sign that they are experiencing childhood depression. While many children won’t outright say they have low self-worth, pay attention to how they talk about themselves and their demeanor — these two things can often be very telling.

Changes in Appetite or Sleep

Gradual changes in sleep and appetite are common. Even sleeping in a few hours late and having a ravenous appetite from time to time isn’t uncommon. But, if one day your child suddenly has notable changes in either appetite or sleep for longer than a few days, this could be a symptom of childhood depression.

Female child with a tear on her face looking out the window.
Young woman sitting curled in a ball with self-harm marks on her arms and legs.


Hopefully, you can spot other signs and symptoms before childhood depression progresses to this point. But unfortunately, some children hide their feelings all too well. Should you discover any symptoms or evidence that your child is harming themselves, it’s important to seek professional help. Self-harm is a very serious sign that there is a problem. Also, try your best to take a supportive and loving approach rather than a condemning and angry approach — this could make a world of difference for them.

Fatigue and Social Withdraw

It’s not uncommon for teens to always be tired. But even teens and children who claim they are always tired will have spurts of excitement and energy when doing something they enjoy, like hanging out with friends. If you notice your child mentions they are always tired, have a lackluster demeanor, and are spending less and less time participating in social activities, this may be a sign of childhood depression.

Female child working with a child psychologist.

Find Help at South Coast Community Services

At South Coast Community services, we’re dedicated to helping you and your child in any way we can. We are here for you and your family in a judgment-free way. You can reach out to us online or via telephone today. Find the resources and help you and your child deserve at South Coast Community Services today.

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