What happened to my child’s energy?
Your son or daughter doesn't seem like themselves anymore. They're sleeping in all the time. They don't feel like doing the things they used to love. They are eating a lot more or less than they used to. The energy they used to have for life is gone, and this may have been happening for a while.
You've done everything you can think of. You've encouraged them, reminded them of how they used to be, tried to help them see the positive in things—but nothing is working.
Depression saps energy and enjoyment out of life, but it doesn't have to stay this way. Your child can enjoy life again and learn how to be resilient in the ups and downs they face.
Counseling can help your child change their perspective and open up to energy and excitement—both for the now and for the future.
Through counseling, your depressed teen will learn how to:
find enjoyment in life
regain interest in hobbies and friendships
develop a carefree spirit so they can authentically smile, laugh, and joke
become interested in hanging out with you and others
develop a vision for their future
be able to express their thoughts, feelings, and moods
Your child will benefit most from counseling for depression if:
they are at least 12 years old
they have given up on their hobbies and social life
their grades have slipped and they're not performing well academically
they are eating and sleeping either a lot more or a lot less than they used to
The counseling process:
Therapy will help your son or daughter identify the areas of life where they’re feeling depressed. The therapist will help them with coping skills and lead them through practices that heal their brain so that they can adapt to what's depressing them.
Each therapy session is 50 minutes long. For best results in treating depression, we recommend at least eight consecutive weeks of therapy. This timeframe helps the child and therapist move beyond surface conversations and develop a relationship that focuses on deep healing. Once the relationship has been established, sessions can be moved to biweekly or, if the child has resolved his or her significant struggles, can begin to move toward termination.