A diagnosis for pediatric depression or bipolar can be confirmed by identifying a mental health professional to work with. Pediatricians can work with families to rule out physical symptoms and provide the proper referrals a mental health worker. Often times children may express their mental health symptoms by describing physical symptoms, i.e. “my stomach hurts” “my head hurts”.
DBSA’s online screening tools can help you to explore your child’s mental health safely and determine whether you should consult with a mental health professional.