Children and depression

If you think your child may be suffering from depression, it's important to seek help.
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  • Updated:8 Jul 2008


Child in bedDepression is a serious condition and you should discuss all available treatments with your doctor.

Questions you can ask about the treatment you're offered:

  • Why have you chosen this treatment?
  • What are the most important signs and symptoms that this diagnosis is based on?
  • Are there any other medical problems that may be contributing?
  • Could my child be worried about something, and is there anything we could do about that?
  • How will we know if the child is better or worse (what measure is used)?
  • What is the goal here? Make sure everyone knows what they want the outcome of treatment to be.

If drugs are prescribed, ask:

  • Is there another option?
  • Please explain the side effects and any withdrawal effects.
  • Could there be a danger of suicide?
  • Will these drugs interact with other medication?

This information was provided by the Department of Psychological Medicine, Women & Children's Hospital, Adelaide, and Beyondblue: the national depression initiative.



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