Control of Depression in Children
Approximately 10% of children in UK show the tendencies of anxiety, depression and/or a recognizable mental disorder. Depression in children, generally goes unnoticed because it is difficult to spot it in children. Though there are obvious symptoms of depression like
- Lack of interest in things which the child was previously interested in
- Prolonged state of mood swings
- Low mood
- Sudden tearfulness for specific/ nonspecific things
There are also signs which go unnoticed by parents and friends of the child. Signs like
- Changes in sleep pattern
- Social withdrawal
- Fatigue/ low energy
- Not being able to concentrate
- Changes in appetite
It is very important that you identify the symptoms of depressions right in the beginning or preliminary stage of depression to avoid it turning into a bigger mental illness. Depression in children creates a void in their otherwise happy childhood thus preventing the enjoyment of the best phase of their life.
Why do children go into depression?
Children brought up in families with a history of violence, abuse, alcohol dependency or drugs addiction, majorly show signs of depression. Being exposed to this sort of abuse in their childhood, harms their well-being in a huge way. Children from conflicted and troubled marriages show signs of social withdrawal.
Classroom bullies, ragging and abuse which can be emotional, physical, mental, sexual, violates the basic right of dignified living of children. Children exposed to such abuse from the society are prone to going into depression.
Having physical or mental disorders by birth, as a result of which children might be considered to be an outcast from the society, also lead to depression. These create an inferior complex in children and make them feel shunned from the society.
Any major life events like a death of the child’s family member or a close friend will also lead to feelings of dejection in children. Most children may not have the ability to cope up with such events at a very early age.
How to control depression in children?
- To prevent your child from going into a shell out of depression, always lend your support, in any way possible, for your child.
- If you notice any unusual symptoms of social withdrawal in your child, take some time out of your busy routine and talk to your child about his/her life.
- Make it a point to share your opinions and views which will help your child to open up to you.
- Follow a common hobby and spend as much quality time as possible with your child.
- If your child has a disorder, make sure to consult a psychologist as early as possible.
- Keep in regular contact with your child’s teachers and enquire about any problem-creating children in the school.
Create a happy, cheerful, motivating and a relaxing environment in your home to make your kid love coming back to home to!
Hello! I am Amy Lawson, a child psychiatrist. I write articles on children lifestyle, child tax credits, child care etc. in my free time. I love playing with my kids and cooking with them!
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