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Child Psychologist

Creative Sky Psychology and The Treatment of Depression

What Should I do if my Child or Teen is Depressed?

The first thing to try is talking to your son or daughter with empathetic understanding. Show genuine concern for their health to determine if you're able to get a sense for how serious their depression is. Depressive symptoms can range from mild to severe. Getting information from a teen or adolescence is not always easy, as they may not be ready to talk. They also may not be able to open up to you as they may not even understand their own thoughts or feelings. Seeking professional help can help your teen understand how they are feeling and help them develop coping strategies. If you have the sense or any indications that their depression is severe, or that they are having thoughts of suicide, seek immediate help. 

 

If your child is in immediate danger call 911 or call Canada's Suicide Prevention and Support Line at 1-833-456-4566 to talk or text them at 45645.  

If you feel that your son or daughter is in a safe place and not in a place where they are considering self-harm, try to offer an open non-judgmental listening stance and offer various supports as outlined below. Kids Help Phone has a 24/7 line that has a trained ear on the other end.  They can be reached at 1-800-668-6868 they can also be reached by texting the word CONNECT to 686868

How Do I know if a Child or Teen is Depressed?

A child or teen with depression experiences a myriad of  symptoms that impair psychological functioning or everyday functioning . Feelings of irritability, guilt, sadness, and loss of interest in friends or activities may be some of the symptoms your child or teen will face. They may turn away from the world, as the pain they are feeling is too overwhelming. Many teens and children report feeling numb or hopelessness. Often when depression occurs, lines of communication between parents and teens or child are cut off. This leaves parents feeling worried, as they don’t understand why their child now appears agitated and isolated. For your child or teen, it may feel as though a dark cloud is following them around. 

It is more common for parents to notice the obvious symptoms of depression when their child enters the teen years, with early warning signs often going unnoticed for years. Recent research has indicated that clinical depression can occur in children as young as three years of age, with the most common symptom of depression in young children being intense irritability. Although difficult to diagnosis at a young age, irritability combined with social withdrawal, an inability to feel joy, and excessive guilt, might be an indication that a child needs psychological support.  Like many medical conditions, depression is best treated at the earliest onset of symptoms. 

Creative Sky Psychology

Our team of child psychologists are located in Calgary, Alberta. We support children and teens with challenges related to Depression. We use art as a therapeutic tool to build strength and resiliency. We provide therapy and assessments for individuals of all ages at Creative Sky Psychology. Our Assessment Psychologists provides both clinical and educational assessments.  Our Psychologists support individuals from a strength-based model and provide unique coping strategies. Please call for an initial consultation or book online.

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