Understanding Depression in Children
While occasional sadness is part of every childhood, some adolescents may have more persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness. Knowing the warning signs of depression in children can help you identify when your child needs intervention and treatment.
Behaviors of Adolescents with Depression
It could be a sign of depression if a child consistently displays the following behaviors:
- Feelings of sadness
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Not participating in hobbies and activities they once used to enjoy
- Changes in eating habits (eating more or less than usual)
- Changes in sleep habits (sleeping more or less than usual)
- Fatigued or sluggish
- Lack of focus
- Self-destructive behavior or self-harm
In addition to individual outpatient counseling and psychiatry, you may want to consider an adolescent group therapy program for your child, such as what we offer at Psychiatric Solutions. An adolescent group therapy program offers unique benefits, including:
- The opportunity to learn and practice new skills among peers who can relate to each other’s feelings and situations.
- Working with therapists who are trained and experienced in working with the developmental needs of children.
- Treatment plants and methods that are designed for the needs of an adolescent.
- Learning tools to build and strengthen relationships with family and peers.
- Learning conflict resolution and coping skills for resiliency through the challenges of growing up.
Adolescent Mental Health Services in Spokane
If your child has depression or any other behavioral health condition, Psychiatric Solutions can help tailor an adolescent outpatient treatment program to help meet their specific needs. Contact us today at (509) 863-9779 for an assessment with our compassionate, experienced professionals.