Our child is battling depression after the divorce. What can we do to help? [Ask Dr. Drew]

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Our child is battling depression after the divorce. What can we do to help?

Asked by A.P.

Dr. Drew’s Answer

I’m afraid there is no single answer to cover the complexity of potential responses that children of various ages may manifest in response to divorce. I would certainly advise you to start by consulting your pediatrician or primary care doctor. Some children will need specialized psychiatric and/or psychological services.

Importantly I would also advise you NOT to respond to your guilt at having precipitated this child’s emotional pain. Do not allow your feelings of guilt to cause you to over indulge this child or otherwise undermine your parenting. By the same token, seeing your child in pain can be so difficult that some parents will minimize or deny the child’s feelings.

Divorce is painful. Your job is to allow your child to have his or her feelings while you remain present and focused. If this is difficult for you, you may want to consult a psychologist.

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