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More About Child and Adolescent Therapy

It can be very difficult to know when to seek professional help for your child. Anxiety and depression in youngsters can look different than it does in adults. Children with a family history of depression or anxiety are at greater risk, however circumstances can cause situational depression and anxiety – experiences like separation and divorce, new siblings, remarriage, or a parent’s illness or unemployment can cause these symptoms in children. Here are some indicators to watch for:

Recent changes in mood and behavior inconsistent with their age or normal personality
Ongoing temper tantrums, aggression, or irritability
Frequent nightmares or difficulty falling asleep
Persistent thoughts of death or suicide
Frequent sadness or crying
Feeling angry for no reason
Feeling worthless
Change in school performance, getting into trouble at school, or refusing to go to school
Changes in eating habits, complaints about physical symptoms that don’t have medical cause
Withdrawing from friends and activities that they enjoy
Loss of energy and motivation, trouble concentrating,
Unrealistic perfectionism

While a child may experience any of these symptoms at some point – ongoing struggles (more than 2 weeks) or a cluster of several symptoms would be reason to contact a professional.