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Depression (formally known as Major Depressive Disorder) is a term used colloquially to describe children and young people with a low mood and loss of interest/ pleasure in usual activities as well as other symptoms. Children and young people will find depressive symptoms interfere with all areas of their life, including school and social relationships.

Children and young people who suffer from depression can display some of the following characteristics:

  • Feels sad
  • Feels hopeless
  • Tearful
  • Lack of interest or pleasure
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Poor concentration
  • Loss of energy

How Can I help my child?

Children and young people with depressive symptoms will benefit from the following from you as a parent and professionals working with you:-

  • Asking the child or young person ‘You seem to be a bit low lately, I am concerned’
  • Encouraging the child or young person to talk to others
  • Provide a job or role which includes positive socialisation and reinforcement
  • Relaxation strategies such as deep breathing and muscle relaxation
  • Organise a referral to a psychologist
  • Encourage your child to contact services such as ‘Kids Help Line’

How Can Learning Links Help

Learning Links offers a range of services that can help children with depression.

Assessment – Learning Links’ Psychologists conduct assessments to evaluate concerns around depression and can make a formal diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder .  Read more

Psychological support – Children who present with depression may benefit from well researched intervention such as cognitive behavioural therapy, play therapy or narrative therapy. Psychologists can support children and help with strategies and ways to cope with depressive symptoms.  Read more

Literacy Support – Learning Links’ Specialist Educators provide individualised literacy and numeracy programs that cater for your child to re-teach areas your child may have missed as a result of depression and utilise strategies to promote ongoing learning.  Read more

Occupational Therapy- Learning Links Occupational Therapists can assist your child with time management skills to structure their day more productively.  Read more

Speech Pathology – Learning Links’ Speech Pathologists can assist your child to be able to communicate their needs correctly to ensure levels of depression are reduced.  Read more

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