Depression

 

All children experience sadness from time to time. However, if your child seems sad or cries for no apparent reason, or consistently prefers to be alone rather than with others, it’s time to get help. 360 Pediatric Psychology provides evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP). Both of these therapies can be effective in treating common symptoms and underlying causes of depression.

 

Common Signs of Depression

 

  • Irritability

  • Fatigue/unusual tiredness

  • Excessive tantrums

  • Withdrawal

  • Problems sleeping

  • Increase or decrease in appetite

  • Frequent crying and sadness

  • Talk of wanting to hurt one’s self or wishing to “be gone”

 

What Causes Depression?

 

Depression is so common that by the time children reach adulthood 1 in 10 will have experienced some level of depression. Research suggests that depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors. The following situations or conditions may trigger or contribute to depression:

 

  • Family history of depression

  • Loss of a loved one

  • Family turmoil

  • Medical conditions (e.g. cancer, chronic pain)

  • Abuse, neglect

  • ADHD

  • Struggling in school (e.g., failing a class)

 

Treatment for Depression

 

As a parent, seeking help for depression in your child can be tough, even guilt-provoking. Many times parents wonder if they have done something wrong to cause sadness in their child. While family stress can be a part of childhood depression, one of the most powerful tools in treating depression is getting involved and spending quality 1:1 time with your child. Getting out to experience pleasurable activities, staying active, eating well and getting enough sleep are all great ways to combat depression. Listening to your child and helping them to express their feelings as well as talking about your own occasional sadness can help normalize your child’s feelings. Our team of psychologists will work with you and your child to help alleviate symptoms in your child and provide coping skills that will last a lifetime.  

 

Helping Your Child Thrive 

 

At 360 Pediatric Psychology, we can help determine whether or not your child is depressed and will benefit from psychotherapy. We also work closely with local psychiatrists and nurse practitioners to determine if a combination of psychotherapy and medication is the best option. We believe in helping our patients overcome depression that may limit their ability to control behavior, emotions, sleep, eat, study, enjoy activities, and have meaningful relationships. For more information about our services, please call (503) 636-0508.