Depression In Children
What are the signs and symptoms of depression in children and how to treat them.
Coping With Children's Depression
Children's depression is more than sadness. Sadness is temporary and forgettable. depression is when sadness sticks and interferes with the child's normal behavior, activities, academic performance and relationships with others.
Children experience depression when they suffer from stress and don't know how to ask for help. Being children, they are ignorant on how to handle their stress and work themselves up into the terrible state of depression. Children may experience depression undergoing traumatic experiences like house shifting, starting a new school, facing exams, parental divorce, domestic discord or anything that upsets them. They react to their depression by some voluntary or involuntary behavior like misbehaving or bedwetting. Deviant behaviors are usually distress signals telling adults that something is wrong.
Depression in children is rarely noticed. Parents tend to forget that children are little people. They have feelings too.Children may lack language skills to verbalize their depression to adults.Sometimes, parents are too busy themselves to notice the distress signs.
Depression may affect any child who suffers from stress.This is also a hereditary illness.It runs in families and breaks out when there is a combination of factors like environmental stress and brain chemistry. Some brains can't cope with high stress levels and there is chemical imbalance in the brain. Medical treatment includes anti-depressants to correct the chemical imbalance.
On the domestic scene, parents can help by paying more attention to their children. Discuss the child's academic work, school, friends,feelings, loves and hates.If they reveal some sadness, offer solutions or stand by them to give moral support.
Initial combat of depression can involve the family physician. If he recommends further professional help, then seek a psychiatrist. Early treatment means earlier recovery. Severe depression can lead to suicide.