Distressing Times Coping with death and depression

Q: How can I tell if my daughter is depressed and what can I do?
A: It can be difficult to know how seriously to take your child’s ups and downs. Get too involved when there is no need, and you interfere with her learning to handle difficult feelings; stay away when it’s serious and she may feel abandoned. Depression can show through a variety of behaviors and emotions, such as an increase in sadness or irritability and loss of interest in things such as friendships, hobbies, sports, or schoolwork. Physical complaints like stomachache, tiredness, or headache can also be an indicator of emotional difficulties. If you notice some or all of these signs for two weeks or more, seek help from a ...

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