Everyone feels sad or blue once in a while. However, when that sadness turns into despair and persists for weeks and even months, then it becomes a worrisome emotional disorder called depression.
Children become depressed for a variety of reasons.
A depressed youngster might say she is sad or unhappy. She may say, "No one likes me"; "I'm dumb and stupid"; "I wish I was dead."
Thomas K. McInerny, MD, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, shares important information if you suspect that your child is depressed.