Being sad is a very normal human emotion, and occasional sadness or feelings of hopelessness are common in children. However, when such feelings become persistent and impair the child’s ability to enjoy other areas of life, help may be needed.

Symptoms of Depression

Symptoms of depression in a child may include: 

  • Feeling sad, hopeless or irritable 
  • Sleeping too little or sleeping too much
  • Being tired, tense, and restless most of the time
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt 
  • Not wanting to do activities that they previously enjoyed 
  • Self-injury behaviour such as self-harming 
  • Thoughts of death and suicide 

Psychology interventions can help your child to change the maladaptive cognitive patterns perpetuating the depression, build the right skills to cope with negative emotions, modify unhelpful behaviour and encourage assertive and empowered behaviours that would help them improve their happiness and overall satisfaction.