Many young people experience symptomatology consistent with depression, yet never seek help for it. Often this is caused by a lack of knowledge about where to get the help and sometimes an inability to pick up on the signs. Depression can present with varying levels of severity, from mild feelings of sadness and isolation to despair and severe distress. So what are the signs to watch for? The following is a list of possible warning signs to look for:
Evidence-based psychological treatment for depression in children and adolescents supports the use of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) with this population. Early intervention is, of course, the best option.
If you have concerns about depression in someone close to you, give Resilient Kids a call on (07) 3902 1973 to discuss the next step.