Contrary to popular belief, depression in children is quite common. It may, however, be difficult to identify it.
Be on the lookout for the following: the child is withdrawn, isolated and tends to be a loner; the child seems to lack interest in life and other events that most children find enjoyable; the child seems reluctant to talk about him/herself or about life at home; the child displays behaviour that is "out of pattern", i.e. different to how the child usually behaves; the child fabricates stories about his/her home or about other areas of his/her life as a way of seeming "okay"; the child assumes an almost "adult" way of relating – controlled, distant, even aloof.
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