Depression is one of the most common problems that teens or young adults face, and it takes a serious toll on their academic performance as well as their overall well-being. 

Depression is a problem that shows up differently for different people. As a result, it is quite difficult for teachers and other authorities to identify such symptoms in students. In such cases, knowing what kinds of behaviours to look for is key. 

While so many children and teens have undiagnosed anxiety or depression, it can negatively impact their ability to learn and enjoy their time in school.

Undiagnosed depression can affect students’ mental health and have the following consequences:

1. Social and Behavioral Problems-

Depression can hinder a student’s social relations both in school and at home. They may remain isolated from everyone else and may not have many friends or people to interact with. 

These children may also exhibit inappropriate behaviour patterns such as missing classes, aggressive behaviour, substance abuse or talking rudely to elders. 

Previous research has also shown that children who display behavioural problems also tend to display low social competence.

2. Poor Performance And Learning

A disorder such as depression can greatly affect a student’s academic performance and learning curve. Depression can also lead to inconsistent academic results. For example, a student may produce incredible work one day and barely be able to complete a single task the next.

Previous research suggests that depression is associated with lower grade point averages and that co-occurring depression and anxiety can increase this association. Depression has also been linked to dropping out of school or missing classes.

3. Poor Self-Care And Hygiene

Taking care of oneself is an essential part of one’s overall well-being, but for students with depression, self-care can sometimes feel very difficult or often unattainable They may also feel tired or listless, with feelings of despair and corrosive thoughts, This is because depression usually drains a person’s ability and interest to engage in self-care activities. Thus, a lack of self-care and personal hygiene, such as a lack of cleanliness, can be an important sign of depression among students.

4. Low-Self Esteem

Depression and self-esteem are correlated.  Self-esteem has been reported to have a significant impact on important life outcomes, including health and social outcomes during adolescence. 

Low self-esteem is not only related to depression, but also to learning disorders, antisocial behaviour, eating disturbances, and suicidal ideation (Erol and Orth 2011).

A feeling of worthlessness or low self-esteem can lead to neglecting certain activities or behaviours, which can also lead to depression. 


In summary, there are many more ways in which depression can affect a student’s life right from academic performance to self-esteem. Hence, authorities and parents should be prepared and know how to identify such signs and symptoms. 

Since the negative impact of depression is so clear, we must identify such issues at an early stage while the child is in school. If such issues are identified early on there is a better chance for treatment and preventative care so that the above consequences can be avoided.

Depression can be treated with psychotherapy, medications and social support

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You must seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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Sakshi is a Psychologist with expertise in research and writing, she can make the most complex topic sound simple! She has completed MSC in Counselling Studies from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Also, She loves books and music and forgets the world once earphones are plugged in.