Dr. Jennifer Baxt, DMFT, NCC, DCC 
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Does your child suffer from depression? 
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It is often thought that depression more commonly affects older teenagers, adults and seniors, but children suffer from depression as well. Many suffer in silence without proper treatment because their parents don’t understand the signs and don’t seek help for their child as a result. This means that the child does not get the proper treatment they need and this can have a negative impact on the child’s future; how they interact with other individuals, the level of confidence they develop and so on. Many parents will instead become frustrated over their child’s behavior, mostly as a result of their lack of understanding of child depression. They are not familiar with the signs that would normally alert someone that the child is depressed and think that the child is just acting up for no good reason.

There is almost always a reason for a child’s behavior. It could be that the child is having trouble at school with a bully, or they are having difficulty coping with the loss of a close family member; whatever the reason, a child does not always find it easy to express why they are acting out and feeling the way they are. The younger the child is, the more difficult it can be for the child to express itself clearly. This is why it is important for a parent to be sensitive to what the child might be emotionally affected by and learn the signs to recognize child depression.

One of the biggest signs is the sudden change in the behavior of the child. Other signs include the child being moody or easily emotional, they aren’t as social as they used to be, they have become extremely negative or pessimistic toward life and/or they are mentally or physically harmful to their selves. The feeling of being worthless, useless and/or incapable of anything can lead a child to becoming verbally and even physically abusive to their selves. If a parent suspects their child might be suffering from depression, they can contact an online therapist regarding their child. Through communicating with the therapist, the parent can find out if their suspicions of depression are right and get the help their child needs. Online therapy can be helpful in that the parent can work with the child, based on the advice and suggestions they have received from the family therapist, and help get the child out of the depression. Sometimes all the child needs is some support and understanding from their parent. This can help the child to open up and express why they are behaving the way they are and why they seem so upset lately.

The online family therapist can easily walk the parent through the steps of helping their child to get out of their depression and back on track to growing up a strong and confident adult. Online therapy offers the opportunity to help the child in the comfort of their home, as leaving the home to go to a doctor’s office can be a little scary, depending on the age of the child. This can also give the parent and the child the opportunity to strengthen their bond and avoid future rifts and misunderstandings between them.

Jennifer B. Baxt, LMHC, LMFT offers online audio/video counseling as well as works with children, individuals, couples, geriatric patients, depression, bipolar, anxiety and substance abuse. Please contact Complete Counseling Solutions via email or visit our website for any further information. 
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