DEPRESSION AT STAR POINT COUNSELING CENTER IN TAMPA FL, AND BRANDON FL.
It is normal for an individual to have emotional ups and downs throughout the day. But, if you notice your child or teen having mostly down days filled with irritability, sadness, and/or loss of interest in things they once enjoyed, you may want to reach out to a mental health professional in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, to see if your child is experiencing depression.
Depression can happen at any age, to anyone, and is more than a sad or down day once in a while or normal grief or bereavement. Depression in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, is persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness that interfere in daily life activities such as sleep, school, and home life for long periods of time. It is not uncommon for depression to look like irritability in children in children and teens.
SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN AND TEENS
Chronic feelings of sadness
Chronic feelings of hopelessness
Isolating from Family and Friends
Loss of Interest in Once Enjoyable Activities
Changes in Appetite
Sleeping Too Much
Thoughts of Suicide
Self-Injurious or Self-Destructive behaviors
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT DEPRESSION IN YOUR CHILD OR TEEN
Depression is a treatable mental health disorder. If you are concerned about your child or teen being depressed, consult with a mental health professional at Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL.
Treatments that are beneficial for children and teens with depression in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, include therapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Consult with a doctor to learn more about how medication management can help. Therapy at Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, can help to reduce the symptoms of depression and increase your child or teen’s skills to improve their daily functioning and to lead a more fulfilling life.