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Health Tip: Depression in Children

- Children are by no means immune from the emotions and stressful times that can contribute to depression.

Here's a list of possible warning signs of depression in children, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Loss of appetite, or weight loss.
  • Loss of desire, among young children, for playtime.
  • Lack of confidence or self-esteem.
  • General disinterest in themselves, family members or once-favored activities.
  • Not wanting to go to school.
  • Significant changes in sleeping or eating habits.
  • Frequent or prolonged physical symptoms, including stomachache or headache.
  • Frequent bouts of anger and losing temper.

Posted: February 2008


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