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.

Concerned Your Teen is Depressed? Watch for These Signs and Symptoms

Teen Moodiness: Is It Normal or Is It Depression?

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

Freaked Out Part I: Understanding Kids with Anxiety

By James Lehman, MSW

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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

By James Lehman, MSW

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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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Out of Control Behavior: Should I Medicate My Child?

By James Lehman, MSW

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The recent death of a four-year-old Massachusetts girl from an overdose of medications for ADHD and bipolar disorder has brought the issue of medicating children for behavior problems to the forefront of public consciousness. While this sad case shows the extreme end of the issue, it reminds us of the fork in the road many... Read more »

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Parental Anxiety? 5 Ways to Relieve the Worry

By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

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Sometimes we parents don’t think we are anxious because we are not trembling in our boots.  Often there is no visible sign of how anxious we are.  Yet when we look inside our heads, we notice that we spend a lot of time thinking about our kids—sometimes scary thoughts about things that haven’t even happened.... Read more »

Teenager with depression

Teen Moodiness: Is It Normal or Is It Depression?

By Dr. Joan Simeo Munson

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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 »

How Is Depression Diagnosed in Teens?

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

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When Rebecca, now a college senior, was 14 years old, she started showing some classic signs and symptoms of depression. Concerned, her mother, Judy, began to seek an accurate, professional diagnosis. Judy, who asked to withhold her family’s last name, was fortunate that Rebecca recognized her own struggles enough to request to see a therapist. So... Read more »

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