Adult vs. Child Depression

Posted on February 9, 2015

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Though the disorder of depression can occur in in kids, teens - and even babies, the symptoms don’t always look like adult depression. Take a look at the differences below so you can learn how to detect this serious, but treatable disorder.

Signs of Depression in Adults:

Depressed mood

Anhedonia (Decreased interest/enjoyment in once-favorite activities)

Negative thinking, helplessness

Significant weight loss or weight gain

Insomnia or Hypersomnia (Excessive sleeping)

Psychomotor agitation, restlessness or slowness

Fatigue or loss of energy

Low self-esteem, feelings of guilt

Sulks, appears foggy, distractible, poor school performance, forgetful, unmotivated

Recurrent suicidal thoughts or behavior

Inability to concentrate, indecisive

Signs of Depression in Children:

Blames self for failures, misperceives peer interactions, socially isolates, resists new experiences

Irritable, fussy or cranky

Boredom, lack of interest in play, giving up favorite activities

Failure to thrive, fussy eating, overeating and weight gain especially in adolescence

Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, difficulty emerging from sleep, hard to awaken, frequent napping.

Difficulty sitting still, pacing, very slow movements, clingy, little or no spontaneity, overly aggressive or sensitive

Persistently tired, appears lazy, sluggish, reports aches and pains, frequent absences from school

Whiny, cries easily, self-critical, feels stupid, unloved or misunderstood

Worries about death, talks about running away, writing or drawings about death, giving away favorite toys or belongings


Source material from Dr Deb