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Being sad occasionally is part of every child’s life. However, children with depression appear persistently sad. Children with depression often complain of being bored and appear to have low energy. They feel worthless, useless or guilty.
School aged children which show the following signs that last longer than 2 weeks would benefit from a health care professional appointment:
Depression can interfere with a child’s academic performance. It can cause difficulty concentrating and a lack of motivation. It can lead to increased absences from school. Many children with depression have problems fitting in at school or getting along with other children. They often isolate themselves from peers and their family which can cause their depression to get even worse
If the depression is severe you should seek an appointment for you and your child with a Counsellor or Psychologist for treatment. Sometimes a child may be referred to a Psychiatrist. Medicating children is always a concern but, in some cases, medication combined with therapy is more beneficial than therapy alone. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for children with depression. For young children involving parents in the treatment is key. A mental health professional can develop a therapy plan that works best for the child and family.
You can also do the following activities to help your child:
Questions you can ask your Health Care Team:
It is really difficult to see your child feeling sad and upset for a long time. It can affect other family members as well. It is important for you to look after your own health and well-being also and to seek out help from a counsellor or doctor as you need.
“Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don’t matter
and those who matter don’t mind” - Dr. Seuss