Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Depression

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Depression

Learn more about symptoms and treatments for mental health problems in children including ADHD, autism, anxiety and depression

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717-531-8338 (Hershey)


717-782-6493 (Harrisburg)


What is depression?

  • Feeling sad
  • Feeling bored
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling helpless
  • Feeling irritable
  • These feelings must be present for most of the day for at least two weeks in a row or longer and make it harder for a child to function well at home or school

What does depression look like in children?

  • No interest in activities
  • Being irritable
  • Issues with self-image/esteem
  • Pessimism (thinking the worst will happen)
  • Problems with eating
  • Problems with sleeping
  • Agitation (looking nervous and tense)
  • Problems paying attention
  • Low energy levels

How is depression treated?


Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Works to change thoughts and behaviors that add to depression.
Supportive therapy. Teaches how to cope with stressful events.

Both types of therapy work with the child, and also teach parents how to support their child or teen.


A number of medications for depression are approved for children and teens. They correct chemical problems in the brain that may add to symptoms of depression.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Psychiatry

  • Treatments are offered at 22 Northeast Drive, Hershey, PA (across from the Tanger Outlets).
  • Some services are also offered within Penn State Pediatrics Programs, 200 Campus Drive, Entrance 4, Suite 1100, Hershey, PA and Penn State Pediatrics, 35 Hope Drive, Suite 102, Hershey, PA.
  • To learn more, call 717-531-6772

Other Programs that offer treatment services for children with ASD at Penn State Health

  • Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI) Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services, 717-782-6493 (all PPI services housed at PPI Campus on 2501 N 3rd St Harrisburg, PA)
    • Counseling and medication treatments for children and adolescents with depression