Does your child or teen appear moody, sad or just different than before? Are they engaging in less activities?
It is estimated that over 3 million children and adolescents between the ages of 12-17 experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. There are probably many more who feel this way. It is extremely important to seek help, as if left untreated it could lead to drug use, academic issues, self-harm to name a few.
The following are symptoms of depression:
- Frequent sadness
- Decreased interest in activities or the inability to enjoy activities that one had in the past
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Low energy or boredom
- Poor communication and more reclusive
- Low self esteem
- Increased irritability, anger or hostility
- Difficulty with interpersonal relationships
- Somatic complains of headaches or stomachaches
- Poor academic performance
- A change in sleeping or eating
- Self-harm or suicidal thoughts.
Our specialists are here to help you and your child figure out what is happening and how to get a hold during this difficult time. We will work with you on understanding the contributors to the current mood, provide strategies to both you and your child/teen to increase mood and feel happier again.
Please do not allow your child to be another statistic and contact us at (908) 415-2042.