Understanding Depression

A mother and daughter looking downward, sadUse this tip sheet to identify the signs of depression. It can be shared with parents so that they learn how to take care of themselves and seek help when necessary.

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Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family

Understanding Depression

Symptoms that might indicate depression

  • Sad or irritable mood
  • Decreased interest/pleasure
  • Significant change in weight and/or interest in eating
  • Low energy/tired
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless, or guilty
  • Suicidal thoughts

Taking Care of Yourself

  • Children whose parents are experiencing depression tend to have more challenging behavior.
  • How you handle your depression can make a big difference in your life and in your child’s life.
  • Depression is common and you can help yourself by seeking help.
  • You can also help loved ones who may be experiencing depression.

Seek Help If You Need It

Tips and Tools

  • Learn the signs and symptoms of depression.
  • Remember depression is common and treatable.
  • When you are depressed it is hard to parent well.

Take Care of Yourself

  • Talk with your doctor, a mental health professional, or your child’s pediatrician.
  • Every day find a time to take a calming breath, take a walk and relax.
  • Build daily routines with your child. Make time to play with your child.
  • Try to listen and respond to your child’s needs.

Topic:Mental Health


Resource Type: Publication

National Centers: Early Childhood Health and Wellness

Last Updated: June 20, 2019