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Childhood Depression Treatment Depression is one of the most common and most serious mental health problems facing people today Depression is so common that over 1 in 5 Americans can expect to get some form of depression in their lifetime With this disorder there are equally boys and girls affected with depression Two decades ago childhood depression has been taken seriously Since depression interferes with a persons ability to function effectively throughout the day or even to have the motivation to get out of bed in the mourning children tend to pretend to be sick refuse to go to school cling to a parent or worry that the parent may die Younger individuals with depression are more likely to show phobias separation anxiety disorder somatic complaints and behavior problems Children go through behavior changes in their life and so the parent may not know whether the child is going through a temporary phase or is suffering from depression If treatment is needed the doctor may suggest that another therapist a social worker or a psychologist provide therapy while the psychiatrist will oversee medication if it is needed There are many different ways to treat this problem here are a few cognitive behavioral therapy social skills self-control interpersonal therapy rational emotive therapy family and psychodynamic approaches Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most popular and commonly used therapy for the effective treatment of depression The first steps to having a successful therapy is to put the individual in a positive and reinforcing therapeutic environment Educating the client within the first session or two is usually the next step about depression for many people is caused by faulty cognitions Since human faulty thinking is discussed encourage the client to take notes on his or her thinking throughout the day This is imperative to further success in treatment for the individual must understand how common and often these thoughts are occurring during a single day
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