Children can become depressed just as adults can. Sometimes things happen in a child's life where they get the idea that they're no good, things won't get any better, and there's nothing they can do about it. There may have been an event setting off the depression, or for some kids there can be a hereditary predisposition to depression. For some, their life stresses may lead them to feel helpless and hopeless.
At the Bay Area Center for Children, located in San Francisco, Marin, Oakland/Berkeley, we work with families and children to help them to fight off their depression and regain their smile. Through conversation with the children and their parents and play therapy with the family, we can help your child to express their internal experience and help parents to learn how to alleviate their children's depression. In therapy we play games, draw, read stories, and do other creative activities to help the children communicate their feelings and thoughts and teach parents how to be their children's therapist to help the kids feel better. This approach leads to a much more lasting change since both the kids and parents are equipped to fight off the depression. In some cases, medication might be recommended, and our child psychiatrist is very good at working with children and parents.