It is difficult to prevent a first episode
depression. But it may be possible to prevent or
reduce the severity of future episodes of depression (relapses).
There is some evidence that if a child receives
cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in a group setting,
it can help prevent or delay the onset of depression in a child or teen whose
parent has a history of depression (which puts the child at greater risk for becoming
Make sure that your child has
a good social support system, both at home and through teachers, other family
members, and friends who can provide encouragement and
Learn to recognize early symptoms of depression, and
seek immediate diagnosis and treatment if they occur.
Some schools provide educational materials and group therapy
opportunities to those at high risk for depression, such as those who
have family conflict or problems with peers.
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November 14, 2014
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