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Depression in Children Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

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Let’s get stared about Depression in Children.!

Look around!! You will see many quiet and sad faces lost somewhere. Sometimes you find mood swings of your friends and dear ones. You may take it lightly, but maybe this is a symptom of depression.

Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.

Depression makes a person lose his interest in his regular activities. A depressed person normally seems distracted. There are also many physical changes during the state of depression.

Depression in Children

Mostly, middle aged are more affected by depression. Yet here the children aren’t spared by this mental illness. According, to a study in 2014, 33% of children were suffering through severe depression condition.

When can you say that a child is depressed?

It’s always that depression is loneliness and sadness. This feelings are situational.

You can certainly say that a children is depress when he/she continuously feels helpless, hopeless, alone all the time. At this time he mostly underestimates his capabilities and also may be scare to open up.

Causes of Depression in Children

The causes of depression in Children are rather similar with those of the rest of the age groups. These are the some of the reasons why depression is common among children :-

  • The environment he/she is brought under his school, family, friends and the other regular activities.
  • Some specific life events which affects his thoughts.
  • The past life
  • Some biochemical disturbance
  • Genetic Vulnerability

Signs and Symptoms of Child Depression

  • Extreme feelings of sadness, emptiness and hopelessness.
  • Too anxious and agitation
  • Restlessness and too tensed
  • Reduced concentration
  • Loss of thinking ability
  • Reduced or increased weight or appetite.
  • Slower pace of daily activities
  • Loss of interest
  • Increased thoughts of suicide, deaths and suicide attempts.
  • Causing physical injury to oneself.

How to treat depression among children?

Before treating depression among your child you have to be first be sure on how to take care of your child. Plan out some time from your schedule and talk to them about their and your day. Also, know about their problem and guide them. Don’t force them upon any anything, let them make a perfect choice their way.

Depression can be treated at several levels- At home, A consultant and Medications.

At Home 

Family members and friends can promote good mental health. They can gently encourage him or her to have a healthy lifestyle. Also, encourage the child to maintain a healthy diet, including adequate water intake.

Also, get enough sleep, exercise regularly. Apart from this they should remain socially active, and to engage in healthy stress-management activities.

Research that analyzed the results of several studies (meta-analysis) has found that the positive impact of exercise on mood is even more than assumed due to its being part of a healthy lifestyle.

Parents and other loved ones can also be helpful to the depressed child by discouraging him or her from engaging in risky behaviours.

A Consultant for Depressed Child 

Most mental health professionals will continue treatment of major depression for six months to a year to prevent a reoccurrence of symptoms.

‘Psychotherapy’ is working with trained mental therapist and to figure out ways to solve problems and cope depression.

Two major kinds of psychotherapy commonly treat childhood depression: interpersonal psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.

However, Interpersonal form of psychotherapy seeks to alleviate depressive symptoms by helping child with depression develop more effective skills for coping with their emotions and relationships.

Cognitive approach to psychotherapy helps to decrease depression and the likelihood it will come back by helping the child change his or her way of thinking about certain issues.

Medications or Treatment

Under, severe cases medicines can be taken with the prescription of the doctor.

The most commonly used group of antidepressant medications prescribed for children is the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

SSRI medications influence the levels of serotonin in the brain. For many prescribing professionals, these medications are the first choice because of the significant degree of effectiveness and safety of this group of medicines.

However About 60% of children who take antidepressant medication improve. It may take anywhere from one to six weeks of taking medication at its effective dose to start feeling better.