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Childhood depression

There are four areas where symptoms of depression manifest themselves in children: - Physically, emotionally, cognitively and behaviorally.
Physical Emotional Cognitive Behavioral
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain
  • Appetite: - Excessive eating or too little eating
  • Stomach pain, Headache
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Tiredness, loss of energy, exhaustion
  • Depressed, Sad mood
  • Lack of interest
  • Mood swing: - Easily angered (AI09), Irritability, quick temper
  • Anxious, nervous, fearful
  • Guilt feeling, helplessness, Hopelessness
  • Self defeating or self hating thoughts
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Pessimism
  • Easily discouraged or frustrated
  • Social withdrawal
  • Increased whininess or aggressiveness
  • Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Overactivity, restlessness
  • Self injurious behaviours (head hanging)

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