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Developing Minds NY

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist located in FiDi (Financial District), New York, NY

About 5% of children and teenagers in the United States suffer from depression at any given time. Even preschoolers can experience depression, yet parents can’t always distinguish depression symptoms from other childhood behaviors. At Developing Minds NY, in the Financial District of Manhattan, Stephen Gamss, DO, provides expert evaluations to determine the root cause of your child’s behavior. Dr. Gamss spends extended time with his patients to ensure a proper diagnosis, presents treatment options, and works closely with schools and other providers to offer personalized, comprehensive mental health care. To schedule an evaluation, call the office in New York City, or book online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a common mental health disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and despair. All children and teenagers experience these emotions now and then, but typically they resolve within a few days.  

When depressive emotions continue for more than a few weeks, they can interfere with school, social interactions, and family relationships. 

Depression has specific challenges for children and adolescents because their brains aren’t fully developed, and they don’t yet have the vocabulary, practice, or knowledge to process their emotions healthily. 

What causes depression? 

Many variables contribute to depression. Genetics, life experiences, stress, and other factors can increase your risk of developing major depressive disorder.

School-aged children and adolescents find themselves faced with increasingly complex interpersonal situations as the demands of learning as well as family and community expectations continue to expand. 

Depression symptoms can make it even harder for your child to cope with these pressures, which results in ongoing negative feelings that can cause harm if left unaddressed. 

How do I know if my child is depressed? 

Children and teens with depression experience similar feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and sorrow.  

Signs that your child might suffer from depression include: 

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Increased school absences
  • Difficulty with social interactions
  • Failure to complete assignments
  • Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Defiance of authority
  • Substance abuse
  • Illegal activities, such as stealing 

If your child has expressed thoughts of suicide or self-harm, don’t hesitate to seek help from a qualified mental health provider.

What services are available for depression?

Dr. Gamss and the team at Developing Minds NY provide expert diagnosis, treatment, and support for patients with depression and their families. Available services for depression include:

Diagnostic evaluation

This diagnostic review is a comprehensive evaluation that provides the most accurate diagnosis. This includes a 90-minute assessment session, a review of medical history, genetic testing, and input from your child’s school, medical specialists, and previous or current mental health providers. 

Medication management

Medication management provides monitoring of how your child responds to specific doses of antidepressants and other medicines, tracks their progress, and makes adjustments when needed.

Comprehensive evaluation report

Developing Minds NY provides detailed psychiatric reports to schools, outside agencies, benefits providers, and other entities. These reports enable your child to receive services and support, so they can continue to learn and grow under the best possible circumstances.

To schedule a consultation, call Developing Minds NY today, or book online.