Depression

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.

For an evaluation and referral at St. Vincent’s Hospital St. Vincent’s Hospital (Harrison, NY) or call (855) 239-0019.

To take the pledge to help end the stigma against depression: Nami (Stigma Free Pledge)

 

Basic Information About Depression

National Alliance on Mental Illness:

Mental Health Conditions (nami.org)

Help guide

Depression and Teens

For help recognizing the symptoms of teen depression,

Teen depression (nimh)

Symptoms of depression (child mind.org)

To screen for teen depression: 

Teen Depression Test (erika’slighthouse)

For ideas on how to help your depressed teenager: 

How to help (childmind.org)

For help understanding how talk therapy and/or medication can be used to treat depression:

Understanding Depression (apa help center)

Links to national organizations that provide information about Depression

Mental Health America

National Alliance of Mental Illness 

National Institute of Mental Health

Child Mind Institute

Help Guide

Links to articles on Depression

“We live in a picture-perfect place; why are so many of our young people depressed?”

(Melissa F. Peterson, Westchester Magazine)

“Adolescents should be screened for depression too, federal panel says” (Melissa Healy, Science Now) 

“Social Networking Among Teens Can Lead to ‘Facebook Depression”
(Social Networking & Depression Jeana Lee Tahnk)