Depression is different to feeling sad. Depression affects how children think and can affect the way they feel about themselves and their future. Often children and adolescents express that they feel things will not improve, that they cannot experience enjoyment in activities they once found enjoyable. Depression is often overlooked in children/adolescents because it presents very differently in adults.

• low energy
• Lack of motivation
• Loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy
• Negative comments about self and others
• Withdrawal from social situations
• Seeing negatives in situations rather than positives
• Hard to please
• Irritability and agitation
• Sad and teary
• Lack of appetite or overeating
• Sleep issues- difficulty initiating sleep, night wakings or oversleeping
• Suicidal thoughts