When one is experiencing a state where they feel they gets excited at every other instance, the person is experiencing irritation. The quality of state at which a person is irritated, is called irritability. Infants suffering from childhood depression often do not exhibit depressive state or distressed state as symptoms like that of the adults. They feel exhibit irritation along with the other symptoms. Thus irritability or agitation in children should be looked into carefully. Specially when other symptoms are similar to that of depression, like
- Appetite variation: Either increased or decreased appetite due to effect in circadian rhythm.
- Anhedonia: Loss of pleasure in otherwise pleasurable situation.
- Sleep disturbances are quite common
- Psychomortor retardation or agitation.
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and haplessness, associated with inappropriate guilt, which often leads to narcissistic injury.
- Thought difficulty or cognitive errors are present.
- Morbid thoughts: Recurrent thought of death and suicide.
- Intensive variation in diurnal clock is evident.
- Reduced energy.