Childhood and Teen Depression
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All children "feel blue" from time to time, have a bad day or are sad. However, when these feelings persist and begin to interfere with a child's daily life, depression could be the cause.

It is important to understand that depression is not a personal weakness, a character flaw or a mood that a child can simply "snap out of." Depression is different from feelings of grief or sorrow that follow a major loss, such as a death in the family. It is a common mental health problem that affects people of all ages, including children. In fact, according to the Center for Mental Health Services, as many as 1 in 33 children and 1 in 8 teens have depression. Fortunately, depression is very treatable. Here are some suggestions for what you can do:

1st step: consult your child's physician. Ask for his/her professional opinion.

2nd step: Ask your physician and call your insurance company to inquire about what is covered for treatment options (therapy or counseling) for your child.

3rd step: If counseling is covered by your insurance, ask the company for a list of mental health specialists and call them to inquire about service options. (see section on counseling below)

Austin has numerous agencies that provide support and guidance for depression, a few of which are listed below: