Treatment for depression in children

Psychologist Alan Yellin, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best treatment options available for childhood depression in order to help your child be happy and back to their old self
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Treatment for depression in children

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There are a number of treatments available for childhood depression. There are a number of studies that look at how effective things are. One of the things we find is effective, is therapy for children. Most children get better when they go to therapy. I think there is something about giving them a safe place to come and talk about how they feel. Once the child does that, they don't feel so lonely in their sadness and depression. I think therapy can be a wonderful thing for a child, a great opportunity. Looking at the different types of therapy, we can find the cognitive behavioral therapy is often a skills based approach to helping the child rather quickly with the issues that they have. In areas of significant depression. they have problems in the areas of getting up and getting to school in the morning, frequently crying. For those types of situations, we should really be considering if that child is a candidate for medication or not. The parent might take the child to their pediatrician or their child psychologist to determine whether or not medication is an option for this child.

Psychologist Alan Yellin, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best treatment options available for childhood depression in order to help your child be happy and back to their old self

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Alan Yellin, PhD

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Dr. Alan Yellin is a licensed psychologist as well as licensed marriage and family therapist.  He has been in practice for over 30 years working with children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Yellin did his post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. In his practice, he sees children with learning problems, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, fears and social skills issues. Additionally, he has a sub-specialty in working with children from divorced families as well as helping parents deal more effectively with their divorce. Dr. Yellin’s practice also includes working with adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive issues as well as issues around life passages. Dr. Yellin believes that therapy works best when the client and therapist have a collaborative relationship as they explore thoughts and feelings and work towards solutions, and uses a combination of scientific data along with humor to help people achieve change. He is in a long-term happy marriage and has two grown children.

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