Conclusion

You now have a solid understanding of what depression is and how it looks. You know that there are treatments out there and that help is available. You grasp the significance of your role in helping your child get better. You know how to put together a plan of action that is most beneficial to your particular child.

Life is going to give you lessons that you will learn from making mistakes, having setbacks, and celebrating successes. Many who have suffered from depression actually say they are better off for having experienced it. Think they are crazy? Probably not. In the movie Oh God, comedian George Burns's character was asked why bad things have to happen. His response? “You can't have an up without a down. You can't have a right without a left. You can't have a happy without a sad. How else would you know when the good stuff happens?” This is probably what those depressed people mean. Now they know what good really feels like!

Hopefully, what you will really remember is this: Your child is not his depression. With your love, support, and participation, he can get better. Depression doesn't have to be a permanent way of life. He can learn important life lessons from it while realizing that he has the power to control his life and move toward a brighter future.

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