Will I ever get my child back?
Is your child sleepy, lethargic, apathetic most of the time?
Is she neglecting her responsibilities? Do you feel you can no longer communicate and reason with him?
or, on the contrary,
Your child cannot fall asleep and stays up very late?
Does your child eat uncontrollably?
or, on the contrary,
Does she barely eat anything at all?
Do you feel that she has lost interest in her usual activities and hobbies?
Does he not spend as much time with his friends as he used to?
If you answered YES to some of the questions above, your child may be suffering from a mood disorder. Depression can be triggered by many internal and external causes. Parental divorce or separation, difficulties maintaining friendships or challenges achieving academic success can all trigger depressive reaction in some children. Another child might become anxious as a result of the same circumstances. No two children are alike and each one has her own unique individual reactions. Sometimes the specific cause of a child's mood disorder is not apparent. Young children often suffer from an intense separation anxiety. Older children might develop a generalized anxiety. All those conditions interfere with your child's normal social and cognitive functioning and ultimately affect her overall well-being.
How can a Child Psychologist help?
Proper assessment is necessary to determine the specific nature of the disorder as well as to identify her unique temperament and manner of reacting to people and events and develop the most appropriate course of treatment. Depending on your child's age, processing and interactive style, a therapy will be developed and calibrated for her needs. For example, with anxious, over-sensitive school-aged child, a set of Relaxation Techniques, including EFT, combined with modified Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is frequently very effective. A depressed middle or high school student will also benefit from Narrative Therapy approach which will allow her to gain a perspective and distance from her problems. Then, from a distance, she will gain the necessary insight to find the most optimal solution and develop the best strategy. Yet, a young, very anxious child will relax and learn to interact with the world with the help of Play Therapy. As always, individual temperament, developmental needs and unique family dynamics will be deciding factors in designing the individual treatment plan for your child.