Depression can interfere with a person’s life. It can cause long-lasting and severe feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities. It can also cause physical symptoms of pain, appetite changes, and sleep problems.
Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time. It’s the fear of failure but no urge to be productive. It’s wanting friends but hating to socialize. It’s wanting to be alone but not wanting to be lonely. It’s caring about everything then caring about nothing. It’s feeling everything at once then feeling paralyzingly numb.
Resources for evaluation and/or treatment:
Your pediatrician may be a good starting place if you suspect that your child suffers from depression. The pediatrician may be able to educate your family about what constitutes regular sadness or bad moods and when a child may need help dealing with depression. Your pediatrician may also have recommendations for therapists who specialize in treating depression.
Depression can be diagnosed and treated with several types of mental health professionals. Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers and psychiatrists all diagnose and treat depression with talk therapy. Only psychiatrists can prescribe medication.
For information on when to seek help for your child, go to Youth Facts for Families
For a therapist, please search our website or go to Mental Health Post
For information about inpatient treatment at Four Winds Hospital Westchester County
or call 1-914-763-8151 or 1-800-528-6624, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To take the pledge to help end the stigma against depression: Nami (Stigma Free Pledge)
Basic Information About Depression
National Alliance on Mental Illness:
Depression and Teens
For help recognizing the symptoms of teen depression,
To screen for teen depression:
For ideas on how to help your depressed teenager:
For help understanding how talk therapy and/or medication can be used to treat depression:
Links to national organizations that provide information about Depression
Links to articles on Depression
“We live in a picture-perfect place; why are so many of our young people depressed?”
“Adolescents should be screened for depression too, federal panel says” (Melissa Healy, Science Now)