Depression in Children and Teens
It is difficult to prevent a first episode of depression, but it may be possible to prevent or reduce the severity of future episodes of depression (relapses).
- There is some evidence that if a child receives Reference cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) Opens New Window in a group setting, it can help prevent or delay the onset of depression in a child or teen whose parent has depression (which puts the child at greater risk for becoming depressed).Reference 7
- Your child must take medicines as prescribed, keep counseling appointments, eat a Reference balanced diet, and get regular exercise. For more information, see the topic Reference Physical Activity for Children and Teens.
- Make sure that your child has a good social support system, both at home and through teachers, other family members, and friends who can provide encouragement and understanding.
- Learn to recognize early symptoms of depression, and seek immediate diagnosis and treatment if they occur.
- Some schools provide educational materials and group therapy opportunities to those at high risk for depression, such as those who have family conflict or problems with peers.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 16, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry