Depression - Yukticare

Depression In Children

A generalized misconception is that depression is a disease only for adults. But children may also experience the same symptoms as adults, and yet they may feel difficult to express themselves frequently due to a limited understanding and vocabulary. The climate, traumatic incidents and the medical history of mental disorders can exacerbate such risks. Even though depression can be hidden in childhood, these kids look depressed and irritable most of the time. Parents may also be affected in certain subgroups by seeing their child in distress.

Emotional and social changes are normal during growth years, hence symptoms of depression could be passed on but parents need to realize that depression in children is a real clinical entity. At a flip side, parents view the children's normal behavior as a significant issue due to anxiety and concern. Divorces and inter-parental disputes greatly lead to childhood depression. There is a lack of care when a child is raised by the single parent, supervision, social support and even lower socioeconomic opportunities. In an era of media portrayal and marketing, children feel nervous and in some cases depressed due to over consciousness about body image and shape.

Kids are often unable to find out that their symptoms indicate any type of depression, but parents and children should have a check on children's behavioral aspects. Academic regression, school violating laws, reckless driving, or getting into trouble with people very often may be some of the consequences of childhood depression, problem gets worse in 6-12 age group children. In an era of media portrayal and marketing, children feel nervous and in some cases depressed due to over consciousness about body image and shape.

Symptoms

  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Uneven eating or sleeping patterns
  • Fatigue
  • Low self-esteem
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Negative thoughts
  • Self-critical
  • Feeling of sadness or loneliness
  • Anger or irritability

Causes

  • Stressful or unstable home environment
  • Imbalances in certain neurotransmitter and hormones
  • Children having family members with mood disorders
  • Sudden changes or traumatic events such as divorce or assault

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Why depression is harmful for children especially in growth years?

Children feel depressed, unhappy, irritable, self-critical for weeks, months and even years and are negatively affected by their ability to function properly when negative thoughts last too long. Giving children more focus on grades and tests makes them feel overwhelming. Social isolation leads to loss of relationships and affects the ability to establish and sustain long-term stable relationships, which may also lead to aggressive and destructive behavior, due to which depression in children often is chronic.

Impact of social media of children and how it leads to childhood depression

These days children spend quite a long time using Facebook, Instagram, and other social media networks that can harm their wellbeing. Children start living in a virtual environment they choose not to go away from. Parents should ensure that children don't spend too much time on social media during odd hours and are not connected to wi-fi. Watching negative content and bullying online for long hours affects their cycle of thinking, cognitive abilities that affect their decision-making and focus capacity and make them upset, disturbed, exhausted, and distracted.

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