Recognizing Childhood Depression

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Recognizing Childhood Depression

It has been estimated that 2-3% of 6- to 12-year-olds in the United States might have depression. A recent study of second and third graders found that those who showed symptoms of depression were six times more likely to have skill deficits, such as limited social or academic skills. Teachers and parents were able to recognize these issues, but did not consider them to be linked with depression. Because of this finding, children may not receive the mental health interventions they need. Below are some signs of childhood depression to look out for:

  • Sudden or gradual change in behavior
  • Withdrawal from friends and family, or increased clinginess
  • Anger, irritability, or sadness
  • Decreased interest in activities they previously enjoyed
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Academic decline
  • Health issues (like stomachaches or headaches) with no medical cause
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Low self-esteem
  • Change in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Thoughts of self-harm or engaging in self-harming behaviors

Because some of these issues can be related to a medical condition (such as a vitamin deficiency), it is important to have your child evaluated by his or her doctor. If no medical explanation is present, seeking a psychological evaluation can be valuable. It will be important to determine the cause of these symptoms and learn recommendations for best treatment options. Pursuing therapy and school interventions will also be helpful.

By |2018-12-13T20:39:21+00:00November 7th, 2018|

About the Author:

Dr. Stephanie M. Fox
Dr. Fox’s professional training took her throughout the Four Corners area, which inspired her practice name. In 2009, she earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico, graduating summa cum laude. She earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Denver in 2012, and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology in 2016. Throughout her training, Dr. Fox has had an extensive assessment background, including conducting diagnostic, forensic, and educational/achievement evaluations with adolescents and adults. She completed a predoctoral internship at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, and completed her postdoctoral work in private practice in personality and psychoeducational evaluations. Collectively, Dr. Fox has completed hundreds of evaluations covering a diverse range of issues. Dr. Fox is licensed as a Psychologist in the state of Colorado (#4709), and is also nationally certified as a Health Service Psychologist by the National Register (#55849). She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Colorado Psychological Association, and Colorado Assessment Society.