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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
The first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis. If you suspect that your child is depressed, your child’s mental health clinician (who may be a child/adolescent psychiatrist, child psychologist or social worker who specializes in child and adolescent mental health) will ask you and your child to come in for one or more interview(s). The clinician will ask about your child’s:
It can sometimes be hard to distinguish between sadness and grief and major depression. In order to correctly diagnose your child with major depression, doctors use a standardized set of two types of symptoms that must be present.
Major depression is when one or both of the core symptoms persist for at least two weeks along with five of the associated symptoms. If the symptoms are due to substance abuse, a medical illness or grief over a recent loss, they are usually not signs of depression.
If your child shows some symptoms but not enough to indicate major depression, she may have dysthemia.
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