Decreased interest in activities, inability to enjoy previously favorite activities

Persistent boredom, low energy

Restlessness and agitation

Social isolation and poor communication, withdrawal from some people but not all

Unexplained aches and pains

Low self-esteem and guilt

Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure

Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school—especially if this is a change in behavior

Poor concentration

A major change in sleeping and/or eating patterns

Thoughts of expression of suicide or self-destructive behavior

Alcohol or drug abuse

Self-injurious behavior

Engagement in danger or high risk behaviors

Running away or persistent talk of running away

Giving away prized possessions

Seeking out ways of killing oneself, stock-piling medication

If you see depression’s warning signs, seek professional help for your child immediately.