A 14-year-old female asked:
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i can feel depression trying to hit me.. how can i stop this from happening?.. i need to keep my focus on school..

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Bravo for recogni-: zing it early. See your pediatrician for a check-up that includes a HEADSS screen which includes symptoms of depression, & ask for a referral to a child & adolescent psychologist for therapy, to learn techniques to manage your symptoms now & if they recur in the future. Medications for depression can actually worsen depression in people your age.
Answered on Dec 15, 2015
Dr. Andrew Berry
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
Psychotherapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room.
Answered on Dec 16, 2015

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