What Are Symptoms Of Depression In Children and Teens?

What Are Symptoms Of Depression In Children and TeensDepression is sometimes referred to in different ways, such as “the blues” or “being in a funk.” Everyone experiences “down” days, but how do you know if what your child is experiencing is depression? In this blog, we will take a look at symptoms of depression in children and teens.

How Are Children Affected By Depression?

The CDC estimates that 1.9 million children aged 3-17 have diagnosed depression. Depression in children and teens can be caused by different factors, including biological, psychological, and environmental factors.

Common symptoms of depression in children and teens can include depressed or irritable mood and loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities, among other clinical signs. We know that these behaviors can be difficult to identify, especially in children who can’t yet communicate how they are feeling and in teens experiencing normal teenage behavior. If you are noticing changes in behavior that last for at least two or more weeks or extreme changes in behavior, we recommend working with a professional counselor to help your child through what they are experiencing.

Seeking Help For Children and Teens Experiencing Depression

Treating depression in children and teens can include a variety of methods such as medication, emotional management, behavioral management, lifestyle changes, and more. At Garrett Counseling, our goal is to provide your child with the tools they need to become regulated and process their feelings in a healthy way.

One of the therapy methods we use often with children is play therapy. Play therapy allows children to communicate through a fun, safe, and healthy way that indirectly teaches them how to manage their feelings and build the skills they need to overcome adversities.

Our counselors at Garrett Counseling in Huntsville, AL and our other locations are experienced in working with children and teens who are experiencing depression. If you would like to speak with us about working with you and your child, contact us today at (256) 239-5662 or online by clicking here.

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