Dealing with your child's depression

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Dealing with your child's depression

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If you think your child may be depressed, the most important thing is to get a good evaluation. Do whatever you have to do to get to the local person with the appropriate training and expertise. Talk to your pediatrician or your child´s family doctor. Talk to the guidance counselor at school or the school principal. Talk to other parents. Call a local university and ask for the child psychiatry department, but do whatever you have to do to get a really good evaluation because the evaluation really determines the kind of treatment that will be available and that you will decide to pursue. But don´t try to make the decision yourself. If you have it your head maybe my child is depressed, get it checked out because the good news is that this really is a treatable disorder. Unfortunately, for many kids, it goes on for a long time before they actually get the help that they need.

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David Fassler, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

David Fassler, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist practicing in Burlington, Vermont. A graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, he completed his training in adult psychiatry at the University of Vermont, and in child psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as clinical director of Otter Creek Associates, a multidisciplinary practice providing comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Dr. Fassler is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont, and the Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families.

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