How can I tell if my child is depressed?
Some children have difficulty coping and adjusting to life with a chronic medical condition. Signs of depression in children and teens include: loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities, feelings of sadness or hopelessness, negative self-comments, withdrawing from friends or family, changes in sleeping patterns or appetite, thoughts of dying or wishing they were never born, school refusal, and lack of energy. Talk to your child in a supportive, non-threatening way if you suspect that your child has signs of depression. It is helpful to discuss your concerns with your child's pediatrician, psychologist or other mental health professional who can assist with evaluation and treatment.