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Depression is a mental health condition that can affect your child's thoughts, feelings, and behavior. If your child has been diagnosed with depression, you may be relieved to know why he or she has acted a certain way. Depression is serious, and getting the right help can help you support your child in getting better. When your child is depressed, do not panic, but also do not minimize the problem.
Your child's health care provider may prescribe antidepressants to ease the symptoms of depression. A combination of medicine, psychotherapy, and stress reduction techniques may be the most effective treatment for depression.
Encourage your child to talk with you or with other trusted adults, such as a counselor at school or church, or a coach. Your child might also want to talk with friends about his or her feelings. Support is a critical part of dealing with depression. Your child needs to know that he or she is not alone with this problem. You may find that talking with others is helpful for you, also.
Depression does not get better with age, and it may get worse if left untreated. If your child is depressed, it is important to be watchful and take action because your child may not tell you that he or she needs additional help.
Talking to others
Insurance providers usually have a panel of mental health providers with whom they have a relationship. Ask for names of specialists who can help.
Therapy and support groups
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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