Signs and Possible Causes of Depression

Signs that may be Associated with Depression in Children and Adolescents

  • Frequent vague, non-specific physical complaints such as headaches
  • Frequent school absences or poor school performance
  • Talk of or efforts to run away from home
  • Frequent complaining or crying
  • Alcohol or substance abuse or other reckless behavior
  • Fear or frequent talk of death
  • Social isolation or difficulty with relationships
  • Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure
  • Unexplained irritability or anger
  • Reports of "being bored"

Possible Causes of Depression in Gifted Children and Adolescents

  • Life changing events
  • Anger turned inward
  • Setting impossible standards
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-reflection
  • Alienation
  • Existential issues