Depression in Children and Teens - When To Call a Doctor
Call911or other emergency services immediately if:
- Your child makes threats or attempts to harm
himself or herself or another person, or shows other
warning signs of suicide.
- Your child hears
voices (has auditory
- You are a young person
and you feel you cannot stop from harming yourself or someone else.
Taking a wait-and-see approach, called watchful
waiting, may be appropriate if your child has feelings of grief, sadness, or
But you should contact a doctor right away if
symptoms of depression last more than 2 weeks or if your child's symptoms are
interfering with his or her normal daily functioning.
warning signs of suicide change with age.
Warning signs of suicide in children and teens may
include preoccupation with death or suicide or a recent breakup of a
Who To See
depression may involve professional
counseling, medicines, education about depression for
your child and your family, or a combination of these. It is important that
your child establish a long-term and comfortable relationship with the care
providers for the treatment of depression.
Your child may be
diagnosed and treated by more than one health professional, including a:
counseling (or psychotherapy) for depression can be
provided by a:
Other health professionals who also may be trained in
counseling include a:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.