Parents / FAQ’s
Depression is a disorder of the central nervous system. Researchers do not understand all the factors influencing the development of depression, but stressors seem to play a part. Playing the blame-game, however, is not productive. Blaming tends to deflect responsibility rather than providing a resolution. The best response to depression is to be proactive, seek help and make changes to reduce stress.
Treatment options include any combination of counseling, medication, and/or lifestyle changes such as diet, sleep and exercise. A licensed mental health professional will help you and your child to find a treatment plan that is best for you. Whatever plan you choose, it will most likely include some family therapy, as you are the ones who work with your child on a daily basis.
Therapists and counselors can help with problems such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, school or learning problems, conflicts at home or work, relationship conflicts, trauma, grief and loss, substance abuse, and other stressful problems which affect individuals, couples, children or families in everyday life.
Mental health services are provided by specially trained and licensed professionals, who are experts in different kinds of problems and different forms of talk-therapy. These experts are usually social workers, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists.
Many mental health problems can be resolved by talk therapy, without needing medication. This is especially true if intervention comes early in the course of the condition. Children with more serious conditions may need medication to “jump start” their recovery. In such circumstances, children do better with a combination of medication and therapy.
Counselors and therapists help children understand the stressors in their lives and the way they respond to them. They can help build skills in communication, stress management, and emotional control. which will improve how their ability to function at home, school or work.
Under the law, the conversations of a therapist with a client are private and confidential. The only exceptions are: if you are going to harm yourself or someone else; these cannot be kept secret.
Help is available whether or not you have insurance coverage.