Depression and Anxiety

Depression and Anxiety

Depression in children and adolescents is different than depression in adults. Children often display irritability, not a depressed mood, when experiencing depression. School and social problems are common, and children demonstrate both sleep difficulties and appetitie disturbances. Adolescents with depression are at risk for substance abuse, social withdrawal, and increased family conflict. Click here for more information.

Anxiety in children and adolescents can take many forms. Regardless of diagnosis, anxiety can present many challenges to children, adolescents, and family members alike.  Click here for more information.

Although depression and anxiety disorders can be overwhelming, the good news is that they are very amenable to treatment. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been found to be effective in treating both depression and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. I employ developmentally appropriate CBT interventions to treat these presentations in children and adolescents:

  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
An unfortunate result of mood disorders in adolescents can include self-injury and suicide. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been found to be extremely helpful for these behaviors in the adolescent population. Click here to learn more about DBT and what I can provide.