Getting Help for Depression

Simply knowing the warning signs of kids’ depression and suicide is only the first step. What’s really important is that you take action and get help if you believe that your child is exhibiting the signs of teen depression. In addition to this, it’s important to know where to seek help if it’s needed.

  • Act early. Any parent who has lost a depressed child to suicide or gone through the pain of a child’s attempted suicide will tell you that it is better to step in too early, as soon as you see signs of teen depression, rather than hope things get better on their own. If your child is clinically depressed, time will not make the condition better—it will only prolong the pain of your kid’s depression and possibly put your child at risk.
  • Be patient. Experts now agree that the best treatment for depression is a combination of medication and psychotherapy. The challenge, however, is that there are many types of medications and psychotherapeutic methods available for depressed children. It often takes a while to find the best medication, the correct dose, and the most effective psychotherapy method for treatment. Be patient, but continue to monitor progress to ensure that your kid’s depression is not getting worse.
  • Be vigilant. Depression is a serious condition. Ensure that your child doesn’t hurt himself. Continue to monitor your child as he receives treatment, as he may exhibit more signs of teen depression.
  • Understand treatment resources. There are many online resources that can help you recognize the signs of kids’ depression and suicide. See the Summary and Next Steps page for links to some of these resources. If you think your child needs treatment for depression, see your family physician right away. Your doctor may recommend a psychologist or another specialist, and may prescribe antidepressants for your child. If you need advice immediately, call a help line, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

As a parent, you are one of the first people that will be able to recognize the signs of your kids’ depression. And if you do begin to see symptoms, it’s crucial that you take the necessary steps to get your child the treatment she needs to deal with her depression.

 

Comments

Getting help for someone with depression means taking the step to recognize the disease in the first place – and it is a disease, depression kills just as surely as any other condition. It can be treated, it can be lived with but it takes time and help. most often the depressed person is unable to get that help for themselves because of the depression itself or lack of knowledge about the disease.

“Most often the depressed person is unable to get that help for themselves because of the depression itself or lack of knowledge about the disease.”
True most depressed people lack what we call insight in Psych.

I have twins both approaching 15 .One chooses not to take medication ,and I can not convince him it will help.The other is taking an antidepressant .They are very intelligent .They only seem to pick up on the negative things that are said or twist what I say to sound negative.They also both deal with anxiety.

I have twins both approaching 15 .One chooses not to take medication ,and I can not convince him it will help.The other is taking an antidepressant .They are very intelligent .They only seem to pick up on the negative things that are said or twist what I say to sound negative.They also both deal with anxiety.

I have custody of two grandchildren, 8 and 91/2 yrs old.The 8 yr old is ADHD, nd the 91/2 yr old is recently diagnosed with depression with thoughts of suicide with no intention of acting them out. She has intentions for her future, is top honors in school, but suffering from her mom and dad's addictions that prevent her from living with either of them. She began medication and continues with therapy. How sickining to see, live the harmful effects of drug addiction, these children try so hard to find normal in their lives, and are jealouse of their friends who live with mom and dad. They know how much I love and nuture them, but nobody takes the place of mom or dad.

Some great information. Its hard suffering depression especially when you don’t have to proper tools to help treat it. I have found a site that has some great tips and videos for treating and managing your depression.

Learn More About Depression

Goodluck!

Sam

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