About one in five Children and Adolescents will experience an episode of depression before the age of 25. This is the peak age for the onset of depression in adolescence and young adulthood, and most adults who suffer from recurrent depression will have first experienced it during this period. The longer the signs of childhood depression remain undiagnosed and untreated, the longer they will take to respond to treatment. In addition, delays in treatment increase the risk of chronic or recurrent symptoms and negative impact on Child & Adolescent Mental Health.
Prolonged sadness and loss of interest in activities are symptoms of depression among adolescents, a serious mental health issue. It has an impact on how your child feels, thinks, and acts, and it can lead to emotional, functional, and physical issues. Although depression can occur at any time in life, signs of childhood depression may differ from those seen in adults.
signs of childhood depression include:
There are a variety of therapy options available for childhood depression. These may include a combination of psychological (talking therapy) and/or medication. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most evidence-based psychological treatment for depression. Child Psychologists are qualified and trained health professionals who provide therapy based on scientific research that has been shown to be effective in symptom reduction.
Get in touch with us childrenplus by phone or email to set up a meeting with one of our specialist child psychologists if you suspect your child and teenager might be depressed and would like treatment. Our Noida based Psychologists specialise in Child & Adolescent Mental Health.