by Restorations Therapy Center on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
Everyone goes through times where they may be feeling more sad, down, hopeless, or helpless. Some people may even experience these feelings as a child from time to time, which is normal. However, if these feelings are persistent, it may mean that the person is struggling with depression. Depression can sometimes be overlooked in children, but unfortunately, it is not entirely uncommon for many people to grow up with depression.
Children that experience persistent sadness that affects their usual interests, daily activities, schoolwork, and social lives most likely have a depressive illness. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help parents identify depression in their children and get them the help they need.
There are various symptoms of depression that children may exhibit. Many of these symptoms are often overlooked due to adults writing them off as expected changes in their growing children. Many children that struggle with depression will often seem angry or act out. Other children may exhibit feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and go through various mood swings.
Other common symptoms of growing up with depression include having a hard time fitting in with others your age. You may find yourself feeling like an outcast and unable to relate to those in your age group. You may also seem sadder than other individuals your age. Some children may find themselves disliking being children as they have difficulties making friends and relating to those around them.
Children may also have poor performance in school due to depression symptoms. Poor performance can stem from a lack of motivation, sleep problems, appetite problems, and more. As they see this in themselves, they may begin to feel even more helpless and undeserving of good things, which can make their depression worse.
Some children may act out by throwing tantrums, fits, and showing other symptoms of anger. These symptoms may go overlooked as they can be written off as simple anger when there is truly something deeper going on.
Growing up with depression can be challenging, especially when it is not recognized by others. If you are recognizing now that you may have had depression as a child, it isn’t too late to heal. Depression is treatable using various treatment options, which you can find offered by several facilities across the United States. One such facility is Restorations Therapy, which provides treatment for addiction and mental health disorders. Talking to a professional at Restorations Therapy can get you the help you need and put you back on the path to healing. For more information, give us a call today at (720) 446-6585.