Depression in Children and Teens (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Several things increase a young person's chance of developing depression. These include:
Other risk factors for depression include:
When To Call a Doctor
Taking a wait-and-see approach, called watchful waiting, may be appropriate if your child has feelings of grief, sadness, or melancholy.
But you should contact a doctor right away if symptoms of depression last more than 2 weeks or if your child's symptoms are interfering with his or her normal daily functioning.
The warning signs of suicide change with age. Warning signs of suicide in children and teens may include preoccupation with death or suicide or a recent breakup of a relationship.
Who to see
Treatment for depression may involve professional counseling, medicines, education about depression for your child and your family, or a combination of these. It is important that your child establish a long-term and comfortable relationship with the care providers for the treatment of depression.
Your child may be diagnosed and treated by more than one health professional, including a:
Professional counseling (or psychotherapy) for depression can be provided by a:
Other health professionals who also may be trained in counseling include a:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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