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Depression is a widespread mental illness that causes intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and personal emptiness. It can be brought on by stress, regret, trauma, loss, or even a genetic predisposition to developing the disease. Children who are suffering from depression often present with chronic fatigue or appetite changes. They may also experience social disassociation in an attempt to isolate themselves from other people. Fortunately, mental health care is available to help children who suffer from depression.

Frequently Asked Questions

Could my child need treatment for depression?

If you suspect that your child is suffering from depression, seek help immediately. Not only does the illness produce a host of negative symptoms that may worsen with time, but it can also lead to irrational thoughts and behaviors. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control report that depression can have an adverse effect on the long-term outcomes of chronic health conditions like diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

What should my child expect during depression treatment?

If you seek psychiatric care for depression, you’ll avoid the need to get anti-depressants from a doctor and therapy from a psychologist or counselor. Instead, your psychiatrist will be able to talk with you and educate you about the disease you are suffering from. Whether you experience chronic and severe depression or periodic episodes, your psychiatrist will help you better understand that you are not being judged for your feelings and that no amount of right-thinking or willpower can heal depression.

Will I need to make any lifestyle changes to facilitate my treatment?

In addition to taking any medications you are prescribed, you’ll need to continue visiting your psychiatrist for follow-up appointments. In between visits, your psychiatrist may recommend engaging in more exercise, getting more sunlight, or practicing meditation.

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