Can even very young children be depressed?
Yes, they can!
Depression affects around 2.8% of children under the age of 13 and 5.6% of 13-18-year olds. An estimated 20% will have had one depressive episode before the age of 18.
The key signs of depression in children:
Depression can affect different children in different ways. A child might feel any one or more of the following key symptoms:
• feeling sad or down, the feelings do not go away or may get worse
• feeling irritable
• not enjoying things they previously enjoyed