10 Subtle Signs Your Child is Depressed

10 Subtle Signs Your Teen is Depressed

The children of today sure have experienced different life experiences than what we experienced in our childhoods. Our children have lived through and are still living through a pandemic. They have been told to stay home and conquer remote learning, they’ve lived through losing loved ones without funerals, riots, and civil unrest. They are told to vaccinate and wear masks wherever they go. In just two years they have learned in-depth about police brutality, racism, karenism, cancel culture, and social distancing. They are even asked to learn best practices, training, and defense mechanisms to survive a school shooting. This is a lot compared to tornado drills we grew up with. It’s a lot for anyone but even harder for children.

During the unprecedented times, it’s been documented that even more children now are dealing with depression and other mental health-related issues. According to healthychildren.org, Since the start of the pandemic, hospitals have seen more mental health emergencies among kids. Between March and October 2020, the percentage of emergency department visits for children with mental health emergencies rose by 24% for children ages 5-11 and 31% for children ages 12-17. There was also a more than 50% increase in suspected suicide attempt emergency department visits among girls ages 12-17 in early 2021 as compared to the same period in 2019.

Recognizing Signs of Depression in Your Child

  • Deep sadness
  • Changes in mood and behaviors
  • Doused self-esteem
  • Social withdrawal
  • Difficulty in school and declining grades
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Mood swings
  • Negative behavior and abnormal anger
  • Bursts of crying
  • Lack of self-care

If you see any of these signs in your child, speak with your child and show your support. Be sure to also get them help by speaking with your pediatrician and refer to a mental health professional for counseling and support.

Photo – Mikhail Nilov

Disclosure – This post may contain affiliate links. By clicking and shopping, you help support Detroit Mommies and allow us to keep reporting on all things families love.

shannonl lazovski interviews celebrities
Detroit Mommies Expert Contributor
Owner & Senior Editor of Detroit Mommies, Shannon has 19 years of experience in the digital marketing space specializing in the subjects of fashion, beauty, travel & parenting. She obtained Detroit Mommies in 2017 and has been perfecting its digital footprint and sharing her reviews, parening advice, and offering local Michigan events announcements ever since. Shannon is also the Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor of DetroitFashionNews.com and is known for her original fashion, beauty & travel blog, Glamorous Moms. As a writer, Shannon is known for her service & product reviews, travel reviews, fashion & beauty trends, and styling advice for women and moms on the go. She is currently the President & Founder of the Glamorous Moms Foundation, the CEO of the beauty brand Glameselle, and a Co-Executive Director of Detroit Garment Group. Shannon has been awarded the Elite 40 under 40 award and has been featured on numerous media outlets both locally and nationally.