Understanding and Supporting Children with Depression

This month, we're focusing on an important but often overlooked topic: depression in children. While we often associate depression with adults, it can affect children as well, and the signs and symptoms can be different. It's crucial for parents, caregivers, and educators to be aware of these signs and to know how to provide support.

Recognizing Depression in Children

Children may not always be able to express their feelings clearly, so it's important to pay attention to changes in their behavior. Signs of depression in children can include:

  • Persistent sadness or irritability

  • Loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed

  • Changes in appetite or weight

  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much

  • Fatigue or lack of energy

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Thoughts of death or suicide (more common in adolescents)

Causes and Risk Factors

There is no single cause of depression in children, but it often results from a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Children with a family history of depression or those who have experienced trauma, abuse, or chronic illness may be at a higher risk.

Support and Treatment

If you suspect that a child may be depressed, it's important to seek help from a mental health professional. Treatment for childhood depression may include therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and in some cases, medication. It's also important to create a supportive environment at home and at school. Encouraging healthy habits, such as regular exercise, good nutrition, and sufficient sleep, can also be beneficial.

Breaking the Stigma

There is still a stigma surrounding mental health issues, and this can be especially true for children. It's important to educate ourselves and others about depression and to create an open and supportive environment where children feel safe discussing their feelings.


If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, there are resources available to help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) are great places to start. You can also contact us Envrio Coaching and call 516-368-9116. Additionally, many communities offer support groups and counseling services for children and families. 

Depression is a serious but treatable condition, and with the right support, children can learn to manage their symptoms and lead happy, healthy lives. Let's work together to break the stigma and ensure that all children receive the help and support they need.

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