Depression is a feeling of hopelessness, sadness and lack of self-esteem. Many people feel sad from time to time, but when someone is depressed, those feelings are so extreme and persistent that they stand in and hamper our normal day to day activities.
The causes of depression in a child are not fully understood. There are many factors that can contribute to depression, such as loss of a loved one, illness, family problems, stress and problems in school. Some children are more “resistant” to difficulties than others, which is why some are able to go ahead and others fall into depression.
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Genetic factors or family tendencies may explain in part why some people are more susceptible to depression. These genetic determinants may also explain the role of some substances that are generated or become abnormal during depression.
It is not always easy to detect depression in children because they are less able to express their feelings and often tend to react to their moods in a more physical way. Thus, while some children are clearly sad, withdrawn or cry more, others can become hyperactive, annoying and even aggressive.
Here are our which the most common symptoms are:
- Persistent sadness, whining and excessive crying
- Suicidal thoughts or expressions or self-destructive actions.
- Persistent boredom and lack of energy.
- Loss of interest in your favorite activities; or inability to enjoy them.
- Noticeable alteration in eating and sleeping patterns
- Frequent complaints of physical illnesses, p. Ex. Headache or stomach pain
- Poor concentration.
- Deterioration in studies and frequent absences from school.
- Social isolation, poor communication.
- Problems to relate increased.
- Talk about or try to run away from home.
- Attacks of rage or persistent hostility.
- Low ex-esteem and feelings of guilt
- High sensitivity to failure and rejection
At the time of treatment it is necessary first of all to specify that this is a condition that can be successfully treated. In addition, if one has any knowledge of its dynamics, it is even possible that people without specialized studies intervene with certain probabilities of achieving a positive evolution.
Parents or adults in charge of affected children can try different actions. Failure to achieve success in its application in a reasonable time is necessary to consult a specialist, due to the risks involved in this picture to be prolonged.
Actions to be carried out:
- Depression for loss of people.
- Avoiding the so-called resonance box , that is, not giving way to exaggerated expressions of comfort that tend to increase in the child the feeling of the severity of the loss (because it will also increase in degree the depressive reaction).
- Maintain expressions of affection, and only increase them in a first time (in order to avoid the soundboard) and gradually return to normal expressions.
- Facilitate possible compensations (possibility that the child has other objects of affection).
- Provide distractions (often appropriate) in order to occupy the child’s mind in non-mourning areas.
- Depression derived from bad behavior.
In this case the child is repudiated because it bothers. Consequently, you receive criticism, reprimands, and expressions of repudiation, withdraw affections (children like you do not want anyone!). All of which directly affects the decline of their ex-esteems, with consequent depression.
In this variety the procedure of choice is to implement a discipline plan, following the guidelines described in Mental Health Rules: Discipline and Common Good.
- Depression derived from rejections of their peers (partners).
- Influence how to avoid negative interactions of the child in the environment in question.
- To act to improve ex-esteem through stimulating and even pushing the development of activities those are valued in the respective environment (sports, social skills, etc.).
- Guide him by encouraging him to join other groups where he has a better chance of being accepted. What can be done within the same environment (school, neighborhood, etc.) or in different ones (scouts, clubs, sports schools, etc.).
Regardless of the knowledge that you can acquire, the most consistent option is to visit a specialist for the treatment of depression of our son or daughter.