Dr. MJ Bazos MD,
in Children and Teens
What should I do if I think my child or
teen is depressed?
Ask your child
about his or her thoughts and feelings. It may also be a good idea to talk to
your doctor about your child's behavior and your concerns about depression. In
most cases, taking your child to your doctor's office is a good idea. A medical
problem may be causing the depression. Your doctor may want to give your child a
general medical check-up and do some blood tests.
What are some of the signs of
depression in children and teens?
Infants and preschool children may
have a poor appetite and may lose weight. You may notice that they don't seem to
may seem less confident. They might feel like they can't do anything right.
Older children and teens may stop caring about themselves or family members, may
not want to go to school and, in general, may lose interest in life activities.
Older children may also show signs of eating more and sleeping more, or eating
less and sleeping less.
children, the only signs of depression may be having a headache or stomachache,
not wanting to go to school or losing their temper. When these signs last for
several weeks, they might mean your child is depressed.
Why do young people get depressed?
The following are some of the
reasons children and teens might get depressed:
- The family moves to a new place to live.
- The child has to change to a new school.
- A pet, a friend or a family member dies.
- Someone in the family is very sick.
- The child experiences the hormonal changes of
What can be
done to help depressed children and teens?
Medicine, counseling or both may
help children and teens who are depressed. Most depressed children and teens
should talk to a counselor, therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist about what
is making them feel the way they are feeling. Family counseling can help
everyone in the family. Your family doctor can refer you and your child to
someone for counseling
also help treat depression. Most depressed children and teens do best when they
get both counseling and medicine.