Depression in Children and Youth:
Information for Parents and Caregivers
It is normal for children and youth to feel sad (as well as angry and irritable) from time to time, but when these moods are so severe that it causes problems, it may be depression. Recognizing depression is extremely important because getting help early on makes a difference, and helps prevent childhood depression from becoming adult depression.
Sometimes parents feel guilty that they caused their child’s depression. There is usually not one single cause, but rather a combination of different things going on at the same time. It can be hard for adults to see things from a child or teen’s point of view. Things that might not seem to be a big deal to an adult can be overwhelming to a child or youth. And some children are just more sensitive to stress.
- Teen Mental Health
- ABC’s of Mental Health
- Canadian Mental Health
- Children’s Mental Health Ontario
- C.E.P.A. Inc.