Children are not mini-adults. They are developing and changing at a rapid pace, even when they experience depression. Symptoms can intensify and lessen throughout treatment. You might find that the depression seems to have lifted, only to notice a relapse a few days later.
Irritability, feeling overwhelmed, and outbursts are common in depressed children. As hard as this can be for a parent, it is important to remain calm and focus on active listening. It’s the natural tendency for a parent to question “how can I help my depressed child” and want to “fix” the problem. It can’t be fixed or stopped. It can, however, improve. With proper treatment and supports in place, your child can thrive and enjoy childhood once again.