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Podcast: How Is Depression Expressed in Children and Adolescents?

The rate of depression in children and adolescents continues to grow, leaving many parents clueless on what to do. What is driving this increase? Are things truly different for young people today, compared to twenty or thirty years ago? This episode welcomes a child psychologist to address these issues and more, including: how and why kids today are overloaded with activities, the different ways depression expresses itself in youth versus adults, how to tell when kids are “just being kids” versus dealing with depression, how to recognize the various signs of depression in young people, and how parents can stop feeling like failures.

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Youth Depression Show Highlights:

“Parents often have some kind of intuition that something doesn’t feel right, and because we don’t want to admit that something’s wrong, we’ll override that.” ~ Luana Colman Cook

[3:57]   Are we expecting too much of kids, today?

[5:49]   Why are we overloading children?

[8:03]   How do we slow down?

[17:56] What does depression look like in young people?

[23:40] how can parents tell when kids are depressed, rather than just “kids being kids”?

[29:56] What about parents who think they’re failures?



About Our Guest

Luana Coloma Cook, PsyD is a licensed psychologist and mother of three who has specialized in supporting youth and families for the past fifteen years. She is an experienced supervisor and trainer of new psychologists, and previously served as the Consortial Director for the Kaiser Permanente Central Valley Consortium Postdoctoral Residency Training Program. She currently works with children, teens, couples, and families in her private practice in Sacramento, California. It is her belief that in order to successfully move through the therapeutic process, the therapist must be open to learning about the perspective of the family and must recognize the strengths and wisdom in each individual and in the family as a whole. Luana utilizes mindfulness and attachment-based therapy to assist with this process. Luana is a certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist (EFT) and has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT).


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Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join. To work with Gabe, please visit his website,



Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at and






Podcast: How Is Depression Expressed in Children and Adolescents?

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Central Podcast, T. (2018). Podcast: How Is Depression Expressed in Children and Adolescents?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 25, 2020, from
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Last updated: 31 Jul 2018 (Originally: 2 Aug 2018)
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