WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Depression is a persistent feeling of disinterest, despondency or sadness. Feeling disappointed or sad at times is a natural part of every childhood, but losing interest in activities and feeling helpless or hopeless when an outcome cannot be changed, may be signs of something else.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Symptoms of Depression may include feeling extremely sad, discouraged or irritable for extended periods, eating or sleeping more or less often than normal, and having no interest in things that used to be enjoyed.
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
An Esse Health Child Psychiatrist will perform a complete evaluation and utilizing the criteria set by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), make a determination of your child's condition. Designated symptoms must have occurred over certain lengths of time before a diagnosis of Depression can be made.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Depression is a complex disorder, so there are multiple options for managing it successfully. Treatment may include Behavioral Therapy or Psychotherapy, and medications may be considered. Your Esse Health Child Psychiatrist will work with you and your child to determine the best course of action.