Depression and anxiety in children are not uncommon. They can happen to kids too.
While we’re not suggesting for a moment that all children who wet the bed will suffer from depression, it’s acknowledged that one of the triggers of childhood depression can be a low self-esteem or low self-worth.
WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Many children show signs of sadness or “low” moods. The primary symptoms revolve around:
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY IN CHILDREN
Feelings of depression and anxiousness, stemming from low self-esteem, can be a by-product of nighttime accidents. That’s why it never hurts to be aware of the signs of depression so you can step in and take early and positive action, if it’s needed.
Naturally, all kids go through some trials and tribulations as they become big kids. It’s likely that kids will have moments (or even days) where they feel a bit down or at a loss. A big sign telling you that your child may be developing depression is when their moods interfere with their normal activities and life.
Children may be at risk of depression, if they:
While depression and anxiety in children is a complex and multi-faceted issue, there are key signs that you can be mindful of.
This list is by no means exhaustive, and depression can manifest itself in many different ways. Depression is treatable and help can be found from your local doctor. If you are concerned about your child in one or more of these areas, please speak to a medical professional.
There are a number of support lines available in the community if you need some immediate assistance.
Depression NZ: (free call) 0800 111 757
Kidsline: (free call) 0800 54 37 54
PlunketLine: (free call) 0800 933 922
The Lowdown: (Free text) 5626
Youthline: (free call) 0800 37 66 33