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Depression

Checklist: Behavior Changes in Your Child That May Be Signs of Depression

By Peg Rosen

Kids with learning and attention issues may have a higher risk of becoming depressed than other children do. But how do you know if your child is just going through a phase or if she’s struggling with a more serious mental health problem?

This printable checklist can help you figure out if you’re seeing any significant changes in your child’s behavior. Whether you recognize one symptom or many, be sure to speak with your child’s doctor or school counselor if you’re concerned.

Emotional Changes in Your Child
Physical Changes in Your Child
Social and Behavioral Changes in Your Child

It’s important to contact your child’s doctor if you notice signs like these or others that concern you. Learn more about depression in kids with learning and attention issues.

About the Author

Portrait of Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen writes for digital and print, including ParentCenter, WebMD, Parents, Good Housekeeping and Martha Stewart.

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Portrait of Elizabeth Harstad

Elizabeth Harstad, M.D., M.P.H., is a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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