In yesterday's article "Depressing news about childhood and adolescent depression," I wrote about the disturbing rise of depression in children and teens. Today, as promised, in Part 2, I will list some signs and symptoms of the disorder. The following list not only includes officially acknowledged symptoms, but also incorporates anecdotal ones culled from hundreds of interviews I conducted for my book Alphabet Kids, with parents of kids with the disorder, specialists who deal with these young people and those children who have the disorder. These additinal symptoms are often less discussed or rarer than the established ones suggested by the DSM or ICD, but, for that very reason, they might turn out to be the very key needed for a diagnosis.
Be careful with these symptoms; sometimes they are also signs of other disorders, but often they are signs that are present in normal, typical children.