Depression symptoms in children and teens
- Common symptoms of depression can be a little different in children and teens than they are in adults.
- In small children, symptoms of depression may include sadness, rage, hopelessness and worry.
- Symptoms in adolescents and teens may include anxiety, anger andante-social behavior.
- Changes in thinking and sleep are often indications of depression in adolescents and adults but are not in young children.
- In children and teens, depression often piggy backs other mental health conditions, such as anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Schoolwork may suffer in children who are depressed.
Depression symptoms in older adults
Depression is abnormal when growing up, and most seniors feel satisfied with their lives. However, depression can and does occur in older adults. Sad to say it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Unaware of what they are suffering from adults do not feel comfortable letting others know when they are feeling down.
In older adults, depression may go undiagnosed because symptoms — for example, fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep problems or loss of interest in sex — may seem to be caused by other illnesses.
Suicidal thinking or feelings in older adults is a sign of serious depression that should never be taken lightly, especially in older men as they are at the highest risk of suicide.