Pediatric Depression & Anxiety Counseling
Every child feels sad or overwhelmed at times. When these feelings last for more than two weeks and affect your child’s daily life, counseling may help them cope. Mental illnesses are often triggered by abrupt life events such as a divorce, death of a loved one, a sick pet or a traumatic experience. Other times the cause is less obvious, but you still notice a change in your child’s behavior. When your child is suffering from depression or anxiety, therapy can help them understand their emotions and provide helpful solutions to feel better.
It’s important for depressed children to understand that what they are experiencing is not their fault. Depression is the result of a chemical imbalance that can affect anyone. If family members have had the illness, your child may be more at risk for depression. Symptoms include irritability, irregular sleeping patterns, appetite changes, mood swings, feelings of worthlessness, frequent crying, lower energy and withdrawal. Our St Paul child depression counseling services give your child the guidance they need to think positively and work through their problems. We may even refer you and your child to a mental health specialist for additional counseling.
An Anxiety disorder can occur alongside depression or on its own. If your child has excessive worries, it may be time to seek St Paul pediatric anxiety counseling. There are many types of anxiety, but all of them create a sense of apprehension, foreboding and stress. A child with anxiety may also experience trouble sleeping, unease most days of the week, restlessness, decreased concentration and irritability. Our treatment strategies depend upon your child’s unique symptoms and circumstances and may involve seeing a mental health specialist. Call our clinic as soon as you notice problematic changes in your child’s behavior.