Anxiety & Depression

Many parents worry when their child starts acting moody or exhibiting negative behavior. It can be hard to differentiate between what is normal and what could be a sign of a deeper problem.

Even after a diagnosis, it's not easy to know how to respond to teen depression or child anxiety. To better understand signs of depression in teens and child anxiety and depression, check out the popular articles below.

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Teen Moodiness: Is It Normal or Is It Depression?

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Your teen prefers to sleep until noon. She is crabby when she wakes up, would rather talk to the dog than you. She isolates herself in her room for hours at a time. Does she have depression? Or is this normal teenager behavior? It's perfectly normal for teens to be moody, irritable, overly sensitive, and withdrawn.... Read more »

Anxious Kids: Are You Dealing with an Insecure Teen?

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“I’m ugly.” “Everyone hates me.” “I’m going to fail—I’m too stupid to pass this test.” Why are teens and pre–teens often insecure, anxious and over–sensitive? Adolescence is a risky, dangerous time of life. Your child is attempting to figure out who he is, how he wants to be in the world and how others perceive him.... Read more »

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Freaked Out Part I: Understanding Kids with Anxiety

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This is part one of a two-part series on anxiety in children by James Lehman, MSW. In the first article, James will discuss how to understand and identify anxiety in children. Next week, he'll give you some constructive advice on how to help children manage anxiety successfully. For many children, riding the school bus, taking a... Read more »

When Your Child’s World Collapses: Kids & Depression Part I

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Part one of a two part series by James Lehman, MSW, on kids and episodic depression. Note from James: In our culture, sadness and depression have become almost interchangeable terms. In this article, we’re going to use the term “episodic depression” when referring to a level of sadness that children experience that interferes with their functioning. Almost... Read more »

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