Childhood Depression

Does a child you know show signs of Childhood Depression?

Depression runs in families, and the children of parents who suffer from depression are at increased risk for depression. When children suffer from depression they may also show signs of other child problems, such as learning and behavioral difficulties. 

Preventative programs that focus on children, when parental depression is a problem in their families, show promising results. Demonstrated positive, long-term results include reduced levels of depression, positive coping skills and increased resilience.

Help for Childhood Depression

Are you worried about a child who shows symptoms of depression? Or do you think a child is a risk because pother family members show symptoms of depression.

Dr. O'Connor offers Psychological Assessments to help.   "Understanding the Problem is the Key to Solving It." A Psychological Assessment can help "get to the root" of child problems, including the levels of depressive symptoms in a child, and lead to evidence based solutions to address the depressive symptoms that surface.   

A Psychological Assessment includes a range of Standardized and Informal  measures, as well as a comprehensive report detailing the assessment findings, and evidence based interventions. 

What measures are most important depend on the child and his or her individual needs. Not all of these measures will apply in each case. The assessment is likely to include some or all of the following:


  •  Gathering Background Information: This includes information about the child, such as medical, developmental and family history. The parent will provide information about the child’s temperament, strengths and needs and their view of where things are working or not going so well, and what kind of help you need.

  • Various social, emotional, and behavioral rating scales, completed by the child,  and/or his or parent and sometimes his teacher. This might include The Child Depression inventory. This scale assesses the degree to which a child exhibits symptoms of child depression.
  • Story Telling, and Play/Art Based Techniques

Dr. O'Connor will score, interpret and summarize the assessment information. She will then integrate this information into a written summary report. This will include her interpretation and summary of the test findings and practical, effective solutions to help reduce symptoms of childhood depression and encourage healthy coping strategies in children.

Recommendations are tailored to the specific needs of the child.

Dr. O’Connor's report includes a summary of the child’s strengths and needs, an overview of Dr. O’Connor’s view of the problem, recommendations to address it, and options for further exploration. She will also refer you to relevant resources to provide further support and understanding about how to help the depressed child.

Find out more about how a Psychological Assessment can help.

You can also contact Dr. O’Connor about childhood depression.