Depression is a mood disorder that causes persistent sadness and loss of interest in things someone used to enjoy. Clinical depression affects how a person feels, thinks, and behaves and can show up in a variety of ways. It often occurs as both emotional (e.g., sadness, irritability) and physical symptoms (e.g., difficulties sleeping, weight loss).
As a parent, it's important to be able to recognize when your child is experiencing normal feelings of sadness, and when they may be dealing with something more serious. Sad thoughts are a normal part of life, and everybody experiences them from time to time. However, if your child is having difficulty in school, or withdrawing from friends and family, it could be a sign of something more serious.
In such cases, it's important to seek professional help. A qualified mental health professional can assess your child's symptoms and provide the necessary support and treatment. With the right help, your child can begin to feel better and get back on track.