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:

Suicidal thoughts

Prolonged or excessive reaction to a specific event, such as a parent’s divorce

Loss of appetite or lost weight

Increased irritability

Excessive crying

Social withdrawal

Weight gain

How do I know if a child is suffering from depression?

  1. Does the child sleep a lot?
  2. Is the child excessively sad and mopey?
  3. Does the child keep to herself and avoid friends and family?
  4. Does she talk about hurting herself or suicide?
  5. Does she lack the energy to do anything?
  6. Has her appetite changed, or has she lost or gained a lot of weight?
  7. Has she neglected personal grooming?
  8. 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.