How Can Anxiety and Depression Be Treated?
It is normal and perfectly acceptable for children to feel worried about the things that are happening in their lives, especially when there are big changes such as going to a new school or moving to a different area. However, those feelings may cause anxiety for some children. Anxiety becomes problematic when it becomes bigger than typical worrying, such as when anxiety begins to impact a child's thoughts and behavior on a regular basis and begins to impact their daily life. If you begin to notice this type of behavior in your child, you may need to consult us for a pediatric psychological evaluation to further assess these concerns. Some signs that your child may benefit from a psychological evaluation is if your child is having difficulty with concentration, sleeping, fatigue, or irritability. If your child is not eating properly, is quick to anger and has out of control outbursts, these could also be signs that your child is suffering from anxiety. There could be various reasons as to why your child is experiencing anxiety.
Depression is very different from feeling sad; it is important to keep in mind that being sad is not necessarily an indicator of depression. However, if your child experiences persistent sadness which negatively impacts their daily functioning at school, home , or socially, this may be an indication that your child is experiencing depression. Some symptoms of depression include irritability, lack of interests in activities, changes in sleep and eating, problems concentrating, worthlessness or guild, fatigue, and/or recurrent thoughts of death. This is not an all inclusive list, but some of the signs of which you should be aware. Depression can be treated and it is helpful to get a diagnosis as soon as possible. NACH, Inc. offers comprehensive psychological evaluations which can assess for anxiety and depression.