Symptoms Of Depression – Children, Teens, Older Adults

How would you come to know that you get Depression? The early detection of the Depression helps in treating it successfully and therefore you should know the signs and symptoms of Depression.

Knowing the symptoms of depression not only helps in better understanding of the disease but also makes you aware of the conditions when you should visit the doctor.

Common Symptoms of Depression

  • Lack of Self esteem or worthlessness
  • Feelings of sadness
  • Easily get irritated or frustrated
  • Loss of interest in things which were once pleasurable
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Disturbed sleep such as Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Decreased appetite and weight loss
  • Increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Inability to sit still
  • Impaired thinking
  • Difficulty in speaking or body movements
  • Decreased concentration/Distraction
  • Fatigue and tiredness (loss of energy even while performing small tasks)
  • Trouble in making decisions
  • Suicidal tendency
  • Mood Swings for no apparent reason
  • Back pain or headaches of unknown origin

Symptoms of depression in Children and Teens

Although depression in more prevalent in people above 20 years of age, however it may also occur in kids or children. The common symptoms of depression in children and teens are different from

that of adults.

Symptoms of depression in kids

  • Sadness
  • Worry
  • Irritability
  • Hopelessness

In children and teens, depression may be associated with other mental health problems such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Symptoms of depression in adolescents and teens

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Avoidance of social interaction
  • Changes in thinking
  • Sleep

Symptoms of Depression in Young Teens

The present day life style puts lots of pressure on young teens and they are under constant stress to perform at school and in various competitive exams.

  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Tearfulness or frequent crying
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Sadness or hopelessness

Depression symptoms in older adults

Although depression is not a common occurrence in older adults however it may affects the older adults. Most of the time, depressed older adults goes undiagnosed and untreated as they are reluctant to ask for any help when they’re depressed.

The symptoms of depression in older adults may seem to occur due to other illnesses.

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep problems
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Dissatisfied with life in general
  • Bored, helpless or worthless
  • Prefer staying at home or alone
  • Avoid socializing with others
  • Contemplating suicide in severe cases
  • Psychotic symptoms in severe cases like hallucinations and delusions

In fact, older depressed patients are at high risk for contemplating suicide. Depression can also manifest itself in form of anger and discouragement.