When Your Kids Feel Sad

Posted on December 28, 2018 · Posted in Community News, Student Services

There’s no denying that it can be tough to be a kid. Grown-ups make the rules, things are built above hand- or eye-level, knees get skinned, and worse. So feeling sad once in a while is totally normal and healthy.

However, there are types of sadness kids feel that aren’t healthy.

Diagnoses of depression in children and teens are the rise, whether from an increase in incidents or keener detection.  Fortunately, depression is highly treatable through a variety of medical and behavior means.

Here are symptoms that can indicate your child is too sad and may need professional help:

  • Loss of interest in friends, eating, previously enjoyed activities, or other aspects of normal life.
  • Comments, thoughts, or expressions about death, hopelessness, or suicide.
  • Reclusion
  • Significant change in appetite or body weight
  • Constant fatigue, changes in sleep patterns
  • Anger, irritability, or agitation
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Alcohol or other drug use

Symptoms of depression can build gradually or appear quite suddenly, sometimes triggered by an event.

These can also be symptoms of substance abuse, which often is associated with depression.

If you suspect your child is battling depression, talk with your doctor, school counsellor or mental health professional.