A depression is far more than an off-day or “the blues”. Children suffering from depressions often feel isolated, lonely and misunderstood.

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Does my child suffer from a depression?

Although depression is a serious illness, it can be treated. A depression is far more than an off-day or “the blues”. Teenagers and young adults suffering from depressions often feel isolated, lonely and misunderstood. Normally, they will show signs of neglect: at school, at home, at the sports club. Some may even resort to alcohol, drugs or pornography. Each child is different and it will also display different symptoms at different times in different settings. It is not uncommon for children to be diagnosed with both depression and an anxiety disorder, or depression and general anxiety. About half of the people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Symptoms of depression:

Do you think your child might have or develop a depression? Get to know the symptoms first.

  • Vocal outbursts or crying
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability or anger
  • Increased sensitivity to rejection
  • Changes in appetite — either increased or decreased
  • Changes in sleep — sleeplessness or excessive sleep
  • Physical complaints (such as stomach-aches, headaches)
  • Reduced ability to function during events and activities at home or with friends, in school, at extracurricular activities or in other hobbies or interests
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Increased sensitivity to rejection
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Impaired thinking or concentration
  • Thoughts of death or suicide


"In a way to lighten up my emotions I started self-harming and then I started to feel a little bit better."

Maxime was treated at Yes We Can Youth Clinics for her depression

What causes a depression?

A depression can have several causes. Some young people or young adults have a predisposition to depression. Negative events in the past (for example sexual abuse or psychological abuse) or negative social events (bullying or exclusion) can also be the cause of depression.

Treatment of a depression

At Yes We Can Youth Clinics we help young people to overcome their depression and teach them how they can live and function in society in a pleasant way again. We help teenagers and young adults with a depression to slowly break down the wall they have built around them and rebuild their positive feelings. Yes We Can Youth Clinics aims to reduce any medication that the teenagers or young adults already receive to zero or as little as possible during the treatment.

Need help for depression in teenagers and young adults?

Yes We Can Youth Clinics can effectively treat teenagers and young adults who are struggling with a depression.
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Why it works

For young people aged 13-25, Yes We Can Youth Clinics offers 10 weeks intensive residential treatment. During the treatment there is also 4 days of family coaching & counselling for parents/carers. Upon completion, an extensive tailor-made aftercare programme will be devised, in collaboration with our partners all over the world.

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