Depression

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Definiton

  • severe despondency and dejection, typically felt over a period of time and accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy.
  • To feel sad, stuck, alone... a feeling of despair, and emptiness.
  • A feeling of being trapped, but being able to do just enough to live, a feeling of being able to think, but not speak whats on your mind, to feel as if you are drowning, but you can still breathe.

statistics

Many idealize childhood, painting in in rosy hues, but in reality children can feel shaken by changes, those of which they have no control over.
  • 2.5% of children are struck by depression
  • 8.3% of teens are struck by depression
  • Numbers are rising
  • Pediatric studies show signs of depression in children and teens ages 4-15.
  • This is not full-blown depression though, that often starts in mid-adulthood, this is low-grade depression, or dysthymia and is the most common type of depression found in the years of childhood.
  • When dysthymia appears before the age of 21, more than likely, major depressive scenarios are to appear later on in life.

Symptoms

  • Agitation, restlessness, irritability, anger
  • Becoming withdrawn, isolated, anti-social
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • feelings of hopeless and helplessness, worthlessness, guilty, self-hate
  • loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed
  • sudden change in appetite, sudden weight loss or gain
  • thoughts of suicide or death in general
  • trouble concentrating
  • problems with sleeping, getting little sleep or more than usual

Tips

  • If you are a concerned parent(s), talk with teachers and pediatricians, If there is a concern, then seek help from mental health professionals who specialize in child care.
  • PARENTS FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCTS! There is a major tendency to under diagnose these problems.
  • You may also try counseling, it will help much more... talking to a counselor is not only easier, but it is less stressful it also makes for a more cooperative environment, if the child/teens doesn't want to cooperate then there will be NO progress.