Depression Specialist

NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine

Pediatricians located in Springfield, VA & Woodbridge, VA

Children and teens are especially vulnerable to depression. At NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine, with offices in Springfield and Woodbridge, Virginia, the providers screen for depression and provide the support needed to manage the condition. Call the office today or book an appointment online if you are concerned about your child’s mental health.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Everyone, even kids, feels sad or disappointed once in a while. But depression is more than a temporary case of the blues. Depression is a persistent sense of sadness and hopelessness that prevents your child from living their life to the fullest. They may no longer be interested in the activities they once were, have poor energy, or cut off social ties.

When should I suspect that my child is depressed?

When feelings of disappointment or sadness persist for several weeks, it’s a good idea to seek a consultation at NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine. Some specific signs of depression in children and teens include:

  • Intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or irritability
  • No desire to do fun things
  • Expressing feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Changes in energy (more sluggish or agitated than usual)

Depression can also make your child participate in self-destructive behavior. If you suspect your child is engaging or might engage in self-harm, don’t hesitate to get help. 

What is postpartum depression?

A very real side effect of giving birth, postpartum depression affects new moms. The birth of your baby comes with intense emotions, life changes, sleep deprivation, and hormonal shifts. The combination may bring about the baby blues, characterized by crying spells, mood swings, and anxiety for the first two weeks after your baby is born. 

If these feelings persist over a few weeks, you may be experiencing postpartum depression. The providers at NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine care about you as a mom and will screen for postpartum depression at newborn visits. They can help you get the counseling and support needed to get through the postpartum period and thrive in motherhood.

How is depression treated?

At NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine, the team screens all children and teens for depression at wellness visits. They can refer you to an experienced counselor who offers talk therapy to help your child better manage their behaviors and feelings. 

Medication can also help regulate irregular brain chemicals that contribute to depression. Medication is especially helpful when used in conjunction with talk therapy.

If you or your child is showing signs of depression, call NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine for an appointment. You may also schedule using this website.