Depression Specialist

Eastside Children's Clinic

Pediatricians located in Allen, TX

Many people think that mental health problems primarily affect adults. But children and teens also become depressed or anxious, often developing symptoms severe enough to affect their ability to thrive. Eastside Children’s Clinic pediatricians use their training and experience as moms to recognize troubling symptoms, treat children with depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges, and help parents learn how to support their children. To schedule a mental health evaluation for your child, call the Allen, Texas, office, or use the online booking feature.

Depression Q & A

What symptoms develop in children with depression?

Just like adults, children are sometimes sad or anxious because these feelings are a normal part of life. But if your child is sad, irritable, or withdrawn for several hours nearly every day, it’s a sign they may have major depressive disorder.

Children as young as three can receive a depression diagnosis, and the condition affects about 13% of all adolescents. If your child is depressed, they may:

  • Feel sad, tearful, or irritable
  • Stop enjoying activities they once loved
  • Spend less time with friends
  • Feel tired and have low energy
  • Sleep more or less than normal
  • Feel that everything is their fault
  • Have a hard time concentrating
  • Think about suicide

Children often develop physical problems such as headaches and stomach aches. Teens may start using alcohol or drugs.

What symptoms develop in children with anxiety?

Anxieties such as separation anxiety and a fear of the dark are a normal part of children’s development. But when anxiety persists and starts to interfere with their usual daily activities, it’s a sign they have an anxiety disorder.

Children as young as six can develop anxiety disorders. Their symptoms vary depending on the type of anxiety, but they may:

  • Refuse to go to school
  • Express fear about their parents’ safely
  • Complain of stomach aches
  • Become overly clingy
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Have low self-esteem and lack confidence
  • Be fearful of meeting new people
  • Constantly worry about things before they happen
  • Have panic attacks or meltdowns when separated from parents

What should I know about co-occurring disorders?

Getting early help for children with signs of a mental health problem may prevent them from developing another mental health disorder. Co-occurring disorders are common. In children aged 3-17 years, 74% of those diagnosed with depression also develop anxiety, while 32% of those initially diagnosed with anxiety go on to develop depression.

How do you diagnose and treat depression?

Eastside Children’s Clinic uses several screening tools and checklists to evaluate your child’s emotions and behaviors, then determine if they have depression or anxiety.

Once their pediatrician determines a diagnosis, they prescribe treatment that draws from conventional medicine and a holistic approach, creating a plan that fits your child’s needs. Depending on the severity of your child’s symptoms, they may also refer out for counseling. 

To get help for your child’s depression or anxiety, call Eastside Children’s Clinic or schedule an appointment online.