What is Depression?
While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health.
From time to time everyone feels depressed, but it usually doesn’t last. A diagnosis of depression is made only when the depressed mood has lasted more than two weeks, when it is intense, and when the symptoms of depression interfere with the person’s ability to manage everyday things.
What are the Indicators of Depression?
Children and adolescents are often unable to explain how they are feeling, especially when depressed. In diagnosing depression mental health professionals look for key signs and symptoms in children’s behaviour.
Signs and symptoms may include:
- uninterested in usual activities
- unhappy – seems ‘down’ most of the time
- blames him/herself excessively
- problems going to sleep or reporting feeling tired
- changes in appetite – eating more or eating less
- hard to motivate
- ill-tempered/ cranky
- withdrawn from others
- difficulty focusing attention
Intervention for Depression
Depression is treatable and there are a range of various treatment methods for depression and these often include: individual and/or family counselling based on evidence based therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
If you have concerns that your child/adolescent may be suffering from depression please give us a call on 07 3341 4619 to make an appointment or see www.beyondblue.org.au or www.blackdoginstitute.org.au for more information.