Depression and Mood Disorders

Depression is not only one of the most common of the mental illnesses, but also one of the hardest to treat properly.

 

Chronic Feelings

Children and adolescents with depression may experience chronic and pervasive feelings of sadness, guilt, hopelessness, worthlessness, and in some cases, thoughts of suicide.  Children and adolescents also may express their depression through angry or acting out behaviors.
 

Impact

Depression may impact children and adolescents’ peer and family relationships, school functioning, and daily functioning in the home.  Symptoms may occur acutely over a short period of time such as a few weeks, or less intensely over a longer period of time such as several years.
 

Our Treatment

We offer treatment to address the specific symptoms of your child’s depressive disorder as well as its underlying cause.  Treatment can include psychotherapy such as interpersonal therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family therapy, as well as medication.