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Warning Signs of Anxiety or Depression in Kids

As adults, it can be easy to assume that kids, particularly younger ones, have nothing to fear, worry, or be sad about. After all, childhood is known for being the most innocent and carefree stage of development. However, kids have plenty to be stressed over. Let’s start with a recent and, let’s face it, still current event: We have been living in a global pandemic for well over a year. For a while, some children were not able to go to school or participate in extracurricular activities like they regularly would. Many kids weren’t able to visit friends, cousins, and grandparents as they previously have. Even as life is beginning to look a bit more recognizable, the toll of social isolation and the fear of being away from familiar routines can spark high levels of distress in kids.

And then there are plenty of worries that aren’t associated with a pandemic. For example, kids who are bullied, lonely, withdrawn, or have learning or attention problems are at higher risk for anxiety-related disorders or depression.

Like adults, kids also battle anxiety and even depression. However, the signs and symptoms aren’t always the same in kids as they are in adults. While sometimes subtle, the signs of anxiety and depression are easy to spot in your child if you look really hard. As a parent, it is important to make sure that once you see these warning signs, they don’t go ignored.

Here are some examples of what to look for.