Depression in children is often “disguised” by “active” behavior such as irritability, temper tantrums, violence, risky actions, and/ or refusal to go to school. It is also important to note that sometimes something as simple as sleep deprivation due to staying up too late can mimic depression. If a better night time schedule and a nap or two usually clear things up, it wasn’t true depression.
Feelings (as identified by verbalizations)
- Feeling sad (cries, pouts, looks sad or troubled)
- Feeling hopeless about the future (says that nothing s/he does will make a difference, not caring about outcomes)
- Feeling poorly about oneself and one’s abilities (makes negative remarks about self, evaluates oneself poorly in contrast with others)
- Feeling responsible (blames self for past events and negative outcomes in the present)
- Feeling alone (expresses that no one likes him or her, says that no one understands)