Depression can interfere with a person’s life. It can cause long-lasting and severe feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities. It can also cause physical symptoms of pain, appetite changes, and sleep problems.

Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time. It’s the fear of failure but no urge to be productive. It’s wanting friends but hating to socialize. It’s wanting to be alone but not wanting to be lonely. It’s caring about everything then caring about nothing. It’s feeling everything at once then feeling paralyzingly numb.

Your pediatrician may be a good starting place if you suspect that your child suffers from depression. The pediatrician may be able to educate your family about what constitutes normal sadness or bad moods and when a child may need help dealing with depression. Your pediatrician may also have recommendations for therapists who specialize in treating depression.

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