1 in 33 school-aged children and 1 in 8 adolescents suffers from clinical depression
If you are concerned your child may be depressed, it is important to talk to him or her about your observations and how he or she is feeling and to listen for key warning signs. You should try to create an open, honest communication where mental health issues, like depression, are treated like any other health risks affecting children or adolescents. Psychotherapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy, and medications have been effective in treating depressed children.
Together you, your child, and your clinician, can develop a unique treatment plan that’s best for your child’s needs!
Know the Signs:
The signs of depression more frequently seen in children are:
Irritability or sadness
Boredom, lack of interest in friends and previously enjoyed activities
Changes in appetite resulting in failure to gain weight or, especially in teens, weight gain
Irregular sleep patterns – either having difficulty sleeping or refusing to wake up for school
Persistent lack of energy or feeling tired
Self-critical – feeling that “no one likes me”
Not performing well at school
Lack of motivation
Inability to concentrate
Preoccupation with death, writing or talking about suicide