Children can become depressed. As a parent, it can be difficult to watch a child struggling. It is important to let a child know that you can and to never minimize their feelings or struggles.
Moods Swings and Behavioral Changes
Not all depression presents as sadness and lethargy. Children may become moody and temperamental as they struggle to come to terms with their depression. They may also act out, engaging in uncharacteristic behavior and getting into trouble. Punishing children for these things can cause them to further rebel, starting a vicious downward spiral and possibly exacerbating the depression. Addressing the moodiness may lead to backlash, but can let a child know that someone cares.