Depression in children isn't always exhibited in tearfulness and sadness, although it can. Often, depression in children looks more like outbursts of anger and irritability. Children tend to complain about physical ailments, such as headaches and stomachaches, more than their emotional experience. They might withdraw, seem highly sensitive to criticism, and lack motivation or enthusiasm. These sensations leave your child feeling hopeless and full of despair. Isolation and changes in eat or sleep can make your child feel even further away.