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Helping Your Child With Depression

When your child is depressed they will be having great difficulty in feeling happy. They may be going through a very difficult time, or have experienced something traumatic in their lives that they are struggling to come to terms with.
Depression is a persistent feeling of sadness, that they don’t want to feel, but right now they might not have the strength or ability to even try to get better.
Of course you want your child to feel happy again as you don’t like seeing them this way. So you might try to cheer them up, thinking that you’re helping, but could end up making them feel worse.
Here’s not what to say to someone who is suffering with depression.
  • You’ll be okay, it’ll pass, you’ll feel better tomorrow
  • If you don’t like feeling so down, change it
  • Come on cheer up, it’s not the end of the world
  • Worst things are happening in the world today
  • What have you got to be depressed about, you have such a great life
  • You just need a hobby/partner/night out, that’ll cheer you up
  • It can’t be all that bad surely
  • Come on you’re strong, you’ll get through this soon
  • You can be happy if you try
Instead get in touch with us and we will help your child to get on the path to feeling better.