Depression in the Classroom

Children who have an unexplainable decline in school performance, loss of interest in school subjects and overall decline in effort may be showing signs of depression and antisocial behavior.

The child’s work becomes messy or an appearance that suggests he or she doesn’t care how it looks. The child gives up easily, stops completing assigned work and complains of not having enough energy to complete his or her schoolwork.

The child’s social or behavioral indicators are agitation, hyperactivity, increased dependence, regression to playing with younger children, sadness, depression, antisocial behavior (e.g. lying, stealing), bodily complaints, disruptive classroom behavior, phobias, falling asleep during class or looks and acts tired, they alienates peers, become unpopular and withdraw from social contact.

Cognitive indicators surface such as indecisiveness, concentration difficulties, expressions of suicidal thoughts, expects to do poorly or purposefully fails and has thoughts about death.

Affective indicators are depression, poor self-esteem, irritability, regression, anxiety, complaints, dysphoria, feelings of guilt and phobias.

Physical indicators are sleep disturbance, excessive weight gain or weight loss, change in appetite, no appetite, depression, a feeling of being weighted down, psychomotor disturbance, complains about feeling tired or is falling asleep.

Is your child showing signs of depression – or are you a teacher who is concerned about a particular kid in your classroom who is displaying these signs of depression, anxiety, changes in appetite, regression, phobias, falling asleep or other antisocial behavior? Please contact us to discuss helping your child or student receive appropriate counseling and mental health support.

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