What You Need To Know About Depression In Children And Teens

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses. Many people suffer from depression throughout their lives. Unfortunately, children and teenagers can even suffer the ill effects of depression. This is why it is so important that caregivers and parents know what to look for in children and teens so the child can get help right away. Here are some things you need to know about depression in children and teens.

What Does Depression Look Like In Children and Teens?

Some young individuals may not be able to fully articulate their feelings. An adult may be able to pinpoint quickly that they are feeling hopeless or depressed, but a child may not be so aware of their emotions. Instead, you will probably notice that the individual is irritable and moody. One day the child may appear to be fine, then the next they have no desire to get out of bed, are angry at others, or overall disinterested. The child may not be unable to focus, have low self-esteem, or express feelings of worthlessness. If you notice some of these things, you may want to talk to a medical professional about depression.

What Should I Do If I Suspect My Child Has Depression?


If you suspect that your child has depression, it is important that you get help for them right away. Children who are depressed are more likely to abuse alcohol, hurt themselves, or even commit suicide. Getting the child professional help may prevent some of these things from happening.

There are two routes when it comes to depression. The first is to try medication. If the child's depression is severe enough a physician may choose to put them on an anti-depressant. However, some people worry that the child's brain is not ready for such strong medications. This is why many people choose to get the child counseling before trying medication. Counseling can be very effective even at a young age. It can help the child learn how to manage their emotions, give them the tools to get away from destructive thoughts, and how to ask for help.

For some individuals the best route may be both medication and counseling together. The important thing is that the problem doesn't go ignored. This can lead to more severe problems in the future.

By understanding these things about depression you can know how to protect and help your child or teen. To find out more, speak with someone like Paula Conforti, D.C.S., C.Psych. Assoc.

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Growing up, I thought that our family was typical, but as I grew to be an adult and had a family of my own, I questioned a few of the things that my family had done growing up. As I struggled with my toddlers, I questioned my mother's version of correction. How do you get through to a toddler that what he or she is doing just isn't appropriate behavior? Where do you draw the line? Parental counseling helped me find my own style of parenting and taught me a lot of effective methods for correcting young children and creating a relationship that I am proud of.