children’s Depression. What you should pay attention to.
Are there children’s depression.
Children are no less susceptible to the incidence of depression than adults. However, many parents and non-psychiatrists ignore this fact and even believe that children cannot have depression at all. The reasons for this denial are as follows.
Children, due to the unformed vocabulary describing their mental and physical experiences, are not inclined to complain about a low mood as such. Up to 5-6 years old, a child is able to describe his condition in two terms – “good” or “bad”, and it is even more difficult to determine what this “bad” refers to – to the soul or body, especially since, as in children, and in adults, depression affects both of these areas.
Parents begin to react to a change in the child’s emotional well-being when it is already impossible not to notice: the child “out of the blue” loses sleep or appetite, and by his appearance one can notice that he is overly depressed, capricious, tearful or anxious. But even in these cases, many parents tend to look for the reasons for this in bodily trouble, and begin to examine the child with a pediatrician, neuropathologist, gastroenterologist or even an infectious disease specialist, and are extremely surprised when they do not find any “visible” reasons.
Parents who are not familiar with the biological theory of the occurrence of endogenous depression (link) believe that there must be reasons for any depression and begin to look for them in their relationship to the child. This parental point of view reflects the common belief that depression occurs only in response to some highly traumatic situation. And even if such was in fact (for example, constant conflicts in the family between parents), they tend to believe that the child is “too young” to understand the full depth of what is happening. They take the diagnosis of depression from the doctor’s mouth as an accusation against them.
What are the common signs of depression in children that should alert parents?
• the child’s lack of interest in those activities and those activities that he always perceived with pleasure. This applies not only and not so much to learning, but rather to the usual entertainment – games, communication with other children and adults.
• a successful child begins to learn worse, withdraws into himself.
• in terms of emotional manifestations, tearfulness, vulnerability and isolation are more typical for girls, and for boys – aggressiveness and disobedience.
• in case of severe depression, children may skip school or even refuse to go there at all, not go to kindergarten, which did not cause negative emotions before, because there strict social requirements are imposed on them.
• A depressed child may experience changes in appetite and sleep.
• chronically depressed children lag behind in physical and mental development.Поділитися цим: