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WHEN TO WORRY
If your child shows any of the following signs or symptoms, for more than 2 weeks consistently, then please arrange an appointment.
Disturbed or poor sleep, can't get to sleep until very late or waking up early.
Poor appetite or perhaps 'comfort eating'
Cannot concentrentrate - even on things they enjoy
Tired all the time, no motivation
Not spending time with their friends, spending more time in their room away from family
Stopping hobbies or out of school activities
Negative about the future
Low self esteem and talk in a negative way about themselves
Guilty feelings, blame themselves for everything
Perhaps getting in trouble at school or doing less well academically
Lots of worries and anxieties
What makes them better?
Depression is possible to treat.
Often medication such as fluoxetine is used, an antidepressant.
It can take a few weeks to work fully and so the sooner you seek help the better.
Talking therapy from nursing and psychology colleagues can also provide anxiety management strategies.
CBT a specific form of talking therapy can help negative thoughts.
Further information can be found here Royal College of psychiatrists Depression Leaflet