What is depression?
Symptoms of depression often involve depressed mood or irritability most of the day. Children with depression often have a loss of interest in pleasurable activities. You may notice that your child’s sleep or appetite has changed. Your child may appear fatigued throughout the day and may express thoughts of worthlessness or hopelessness. Treatment is needed to improve your child’s mood and overall quality of life.
What will treatment look like?
The most effective treatment for depression in children is a type of therapy known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT. CBT focuses on helping children understand the connections between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that may contribute to mood difficulties.
Through therapy, your child will begin to recognize dysfunctional thoughts and learn to challenge these thoughts. The behavioral component of CBT focuses on helping your child engage in pleasurable activities and enhancing problem-solving and coping skills.
Checklist of Symptoms
- My child looks sad (or I saw my child crying)
- My child’s eating habits have changed
- My child’s sleeping habits have changed
- My child seems to be having less fun
- My child is having more difficulties focusing
- My child seems hopeless
- My child looks tired during the day