Unfortunately, depression can impact children and teens and can negatively impact their lives in many ways. A depressed child may not do as well in school or may isolate themselves from friends and family. They may struggle to feel good about themselves and may not feel hopeful about the future.
Depression in children can show up in many ways, and sometimes can look different than we expect. Some children and teens show depression through general sadness, feeling hopeless about the future, and bouts of crying. They may be experiencing low self-esteem and negative thinking. However, other kids may show different types of symptoms.
While low mood is a hallmark of depression, physical symptoms, such as tiredness, stomach aches, and headaches can be symptoms of depression as well. However, it is important to always check in with your pediatrician to make sure that there is not an organic cause. Other symptoms can be difficulty concentrating or remembering things or feelings as if you are in a fog.
Isolation from friends and family and withdrawl from activities your child and teen used to enjoy may be symptoms of depression. Suicidal thoughts or behaviors can be a sign of depression and are obviously very concerning. It is recommended that you seek treatment immediately if your child is dealing with these thoughts. Click here for crisis numbers and resources. These thoughts could be a sign of depression as well but at times there are others reasons behind these thoughts and behaviors. While some children and teens are easy to read, others are more private and it can be more difficult to detect depressive symptoms.
If you are concerned about your child or teen, a phone consultation can help decide what would be options for treatment. Dr. Chamberlain supports your child or teen and family figure out what the best plan for you is. Using evidence based treatments such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in a warm and compassionate environment, Dr. Chamberlain helps your child improve their ability to manage these symptoms and start to feel better.