Information for Parents

How Do You Tell if a Boy is Depressed?

Pollack, W. (1998). Real boys: Rescuing our sons from the myths of boyhood. New
York: Random House.

Increased withdrawal from relationships and problems in friendships.

Depleted or impulsive mood.

Increase in intensity or frequency of angry outbursts.

Denial of pain.

Increasingly rigid demands for autonomy or acting out.

Concentration, sleep, eating, or weight disorders, or other physical symptoms.

Inability to cry.

Low self-esteem and harsh self-criticism.

Academic difficulties.

Overinvolvement with academic work or sports.

Increased aggressiveness.

Increased silliness.

Avoiding the help of others.

New or renewed interest in alcohol or drugs.

Shift in the interest level of sexual encounters.

Increased risk-taking behavior.

Discussion of death, dying, or suicide.

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