Finding Help for Childhood Depression
Managing depression is challenging and many families may find it helpful to meet with a professional for assistance. If using Depression Coach by yourself does not provide enough improvement, speak with your pediatrician or therapist to find more help. Having an expert ensure that your child's emotions and behaviors are properly understood and diagnosed, and then help you put in place the right plan may help you make more progress than you are able to alone.
In addition to your family doctor or current therapist, here are some other resources for finding help.
Resources at Mayo Clinic
Brief therapy within primary care. For families that receive primary care through Mayo Clinic Rochester, brief therapy and further evaluation is available within Primary Care through Integrated Behavior Health (IBH). Families interested meeting with a social worker through IBH should contact their primary care provider.
Specialty Care-Evaluation. For families seeking further evaluation of depressive concerns to determine the accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment, specialty consultation can be requested within Mayo Clinic. Families can call (507) 266-5100 to schedule an appointment with the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology Appointment Office.
The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy has a website with information to families find information on mental health and treatment. This website can help families search for a therapist in their home area and self-help books (scroll down to Parenting).