It is difficult to prevent a first episode of depression, but it may be possible to prevent or reduce the severity of future episodes of depression (relapses).
- There is some evidence that if a child receives cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in a group setting, it can help prevent or delay the onset of depression in a child or teen whose parent has depression (which puts the child at greater risk for becoming depressed).
- Your child must take medicines as prescribed, keep counseling appointments, eat a balanced diet, and get regular exercise.
- Make sure that your child has a good social support system, both at home and through teachers, other family members and friends who can provide encouragement and understanding.
- Learn to recognize early symptoms of depression, and seek immediate diagnosis and treatment if they occur.
- Some schools provide educational materials and group therapy opportunities to those at high risk for depression, such as those who have family conflict or problems with peers.
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