Childhood Depression: Everything you need to know about early stage depression among kids
Depression symptoms are unlikely to get better on their own and, if it remains untreated, may worsen, or lead to other issues.
Depression can affect people of any age including kids. Although all children are brought up differently, they may be exposed to different surroundings. There are chances that depression varies from child to child. It can hamper them physically and mentally. The changes in mood can dissuade them from performing their daily activities and hobbies.
Some of the causes are mentioned below.
Use of alcohol or drugs.
Family problems or something happening in the surrounding area.
Someone in the family having depression issues.
Stressful happenings or events.
What are the symptoms of childhood depression?
Parents should be on the lookout for the following depression symptoms in their children:
School-related behavioral issues.
modifications in eating or sleeping habits.
Sadness or a sense of hopelessness.
A lack of enthusiasm for enjoyable activities.
Low energy levels or general exhaustion.
Changes in mood, such as irritability.
What Is the Treatment for Childhood Depression?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is used to treat child depression (CBT). Therapists make children feel welcomed and supported. They have the kids talk about what they are thinking and feeling. They may employ stories, games, lessons, or workbooks. These tools can assist children in feeling at ease and getting the most out of CBT. A child's therapy should include their parent whenever possible.
If a child has suffered a loss, trauma, or other traumatic events, the therapy will include techniques to help the child heal from these events as well.
How to keep the child from becoming depressed or anxious?
Depression can be caused by certain life events, or it can have a biological cause. You can't always control the stressors in your child's life as a parent. However, you can help your child's mental health by ensuring that they receive:
Secure and supportive environment.
Discuss depression with the child.
Spend time with them.
Be patient and kind.
plenty of rest.
Depression symptoms are unlikely to get better on their own and, if it remains untreated, may worsen, or lead to other issues. Even if no signs or symptoms are found, teenagers who are depressed may be at risk of suicide.
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