Get help for depression
What are the symptoms of depression?
Common symptoms include
- depressed or low mood
- loss of interest in things the person previously enjoyed
- feelings of worthlessness
- poor concentration
- thoughts of suicide
- changes in sleep and/or appetite
One does not need to experience all of these simultaneously in order to be struggling with depression. It is also important to know that depression can present differently for children and adolescents. Rather than presenting as sad and withdrawn, children and adolescents tend to demonstrate more anger and irritability. This difference can lead to misunderstanding or misdiagnosing the underlying cause of the behavior.
The children, adolescents, and young adults with whom we work often present with a lack of motivation, a dissatisfaction with their social life, a short temper, and an apathy about their future. They are typically resistant or ambivalent about receiving therapeutic care and therefore it is common to have a parent or loved one convince them to initially engage in therapy. Of course, this is a common archetype yet it does not capture every client that we work with who is struggling with depression.