What Are The Symptoms of Pediatric Depression
By: Dr. Lisa Di Enno, MD, FAAP
We commonly think of adults when we hear words like, depression or anxiety. It’s the attention and lack of focus on pediatric mental health that leads most of us to think this way. We don’t hear about kids struggling often these issues, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t real. And, quite honestly, they are more common than you may think.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought this is the perfect time to talk about these mental health concerns because, just as things are hard for you, they are tough for kids, too. Think about it – kids are social beings. They may not like school, but they love their friends. And, summer is a time of getting outdoors and spending time with friends. Sadly – thank you COVID – most kids haven’t seen their friends in months!
This can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression in young kids and teens. Many may not even know the terms for what they are feeling. That’s why it is so important for you to be aware of the symptoms so that you can get them the help they need.
Kids and teens who are experiencing anxiety may exhibit these signs or symptoms:
Those facing depression may exhibit the following:
Depression and anxiety often occur together. If you feel that your child is suffering from one or both, talk to them. Let your child open up and share. Acknowledge their pain and validate it. Remember, what may seem minor and insignificant to us as adults may be huge to a child or teen – so don’t minimize it.
Beware – there are some red flags you need to look out for. If your child exhibits any of these 5 symptoms, then go to the ER immediately.
Pediatricians can help with depression and anxiety in your kids. If you have any worries or questions, call! That’s what we do! To schedule your telemedicine appointment XpertCare today, click here: https://xpertcare.vsee.me/u/clinic
Dr. Lisa Di Enno is the Chief Medical Officer at XpertCare Pediatric Digital Clinic. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.