Just as depression is seen to disturb the adult population, in the same manner, childhood depression is a common cause of suffering for children. Quite often it is the cause of poor academic and social outcome. Depression in children puts them at risk of suicide and substance abuse. Some typical symptoms of depression can be crying, sad mood, apprehensiveness, withdrawal, and irritability. Often such children are seen to avoid school or complain of headaches or stomach aches. They may appear to lose interest in their day to day activities. Children with depressive features often perform poorly in studies and have difficulty in enjoying the company of friends.There may be some changes in appetite and sleep pattern, too.