Meridian Behavioral Health provides a variety of types of therapy for treating Depression. Many of our clinicians specialize in treating depression specifically in children. It is our goal to match you with a therapist that will best fit your needs and provide you with the best care possible. If you would like more information, or would like to request a first visit with a therapist, you can either fill out the contact form on this page and we will get in touch with you or you can also call us directly at (815) 344-5061.

What is Depression Treatment?

Depression is a relatively common condition and is treatable. Treatment focuses on reducing the negative emotions, along with the negative thinking patterns that can lead to depression. The process will be different for each individual and is tailored to be the best fit for you and your child. It will focus on emotions, thinking patterns, coping skills, self-care, and even mindfulness exercises. In young children, this can often be done through expressive therapies such as play and art.

What Is Depression and What Causes It?

Most people have experienced occasional sadness or dips in their mood, but depression is different and impairs a person’s ability to engage in their normal lives. Depression can cause people to withdraw from friends and family, lose interest in the things they love to do, feel hopeless about the future, feel excessive guilt, and even contemplate suicide. In children, these symptoms are often seen across a number of environments including home and school. Occasionally, they will begin acting out or appear to be more angry than usual, due to an inability to express the depressive symptoms and emotions they are feeling.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression?

  • Unusually low mood
  • Loss of interest in activities and relationships
  • Significant weight change (gain or loss)
  • Sleep disturbances (too much or too little sleep)
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Decreased concentration
  • Not following directions
  • Falling grades
  • Increase in thoughts of death or suicide

If you have any questions or concerns regarding therapy for depression in children, please don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of our therapists. We are happy to answer questions, help look into your insurance benefits or explain how counseling might be beneficial to you. If you have questions, and would like to speak to one of our mental health professionals, contact us today.