Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most common diagnosis for children and adolescents in the field of psychology. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a persistent state of sadness and loss of interest lasting 2 weeks or more. The symptoms of MDD can impact how one feels, thinks, and behaves and can also result in emotional and physical problems. This is the more severe form of depression that could lead to changes in behaviors, sleep, energy levels, and self-confidence.
- Increased irritability.
- Crying or shouting outburst.
- Displaying symptoms of anxiety.
- Decreased interest in play.
- Thoughts of worthlessness or suicide.
- Increased bodily complaints (i.e., stomach ache, headache).
- Low self-esteem and feelings of guilt and hopelessness.
- Increased boredom.
- Poor school performance
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Loss of appetite.
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide.