Depression for Children & Teens
Children and teens are not immune to depression. Sometimes anger or defiance are the presenting issues parents see most in a child struggling with depression. A Pathways Psychological Services child psychologist or teen counselor can help assess your child’s struggles and develop a plan for addressing the underlying issues.
One or more of these signs may be present:
Prolonged or excessive reaction to a specific event, such as a parent’s divorce
Loss of appetite or lost weight
How do I know if a child is suffering from depression?
- Does the child sleep a lot?
- Is the child excessively sad and mopey?
- Does the child keep to herself and avoid friends and family?
- Does she talk about hurting herself or suicide?
- Does she lack the energy to do anything?
- Has her appetite changed, or has she lost or gained a lot of weight?
- Has she neglected personal grooming?
- Have other peers recently committed suicide?
If you answered yes to three or more questions, this might indicate that there is a problem. Pathways can help get to the root of the problem and determine if clinical depression is present.
What should I do?
If you suspect depression, go online, and research it yourself to best understand the warning signs. Check with a reputable medical doctor and have your child evaluated for any physical symptoms.
Pathways can assist with counseling and support. Call us , Email us or Contact Us to request an appointment. Day and evening counseling sessions are available, and we would be happy to answer all of your questions.