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A 46-year-old female asked:

My daughter seems depressed, is there anything i can do?

3 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics 40 years experience
YES: Talk to her, and seek professional help....Depression rarely resolves on its own.Child's age, precipitating factors, length of symptomatology, co-existing physical, social and enviromental factors all add to the problem..So does waiting on things to get better own their own.
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 22 years experience
Lots: The positive side is there is a good deal you can do to help. Good communication with your daughter is the key. Start with your primary care provider to see if referral to a specialist is warranted for treatment. Don't delay. The good news is that depression is a treatable disease. Explain to your daughter there is no reason she should feel guilty about either being depressed or getting treatment.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
You have to find out: Why she is depressed in the first place to give you a better approach and a more effective treatment plan.Best to see her pediatrician.Depends on findings, she may be referred to a psychiatrist for evaluation/ management.For all you know she just needed someone to listen to her.She may have lost a friend, relative or effects of meds she is taking.

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