Treating Depression in Children/Teens

Depression is often thought of as an adult affliction. It can, and does affect children. Some, quite severely. Children who have another diagnosis (ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Conduct Disorder, etc) are at a higher risk for depression. Children and Teens often experience depression differently than adults.

Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Difficulty with relationships
  • Increased irritability, anger or hostility
  • Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure
  • Low self-esteem and guilt
  • Social isolation, poor communication
  • Persistent boredom; low energy
  • Hopelessness
  • Decreased interest in activities; or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities
  • Frequent sadness, tearfulness, crying
  • Frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches or stomachaches
  • Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school
  • Poor concentration
  • A major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns
  • Talk of or efforts to run away from home
  • Thoughts or expressions of suicide or self-destructive behavior

David’s approach to treating depression in teens is to first evaluate and determine the underlying cause. He will then use a combination of therapeutic techniques, including a possible referral for medication, to help the child manage their depression, and see a brighter future. Techniques include: Family Systems, Mindfulness, Play and Art Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

For more information and a free consultation, call (602) 575-4030 or email David at david@lifeworksaz.com.