Depression not only affects adults, it affects children as well. Children who suffer from depression can be treated using medications and counseling techniques. A child is considered depressed when feelings of depression are ongoing and interfere with the normal behavior of the child.
Children are considered to be at a higher risk for depression if they have recently experienced a loss, or if they have problems with learning, anxiety or paying attention. It is common to see depression in children whose family has a history of depression.
The symptoms of depression in a child can include frequent sadness, tearfulness and crying. Children may also display a decreased interest in activities or lack interest in activities they previously enjoyed. They can show signs of boredom and low energy, as well as low self-esteem and guilt. These children usually are absent from school frequently, are often isolated and are poor communicators. Children may also express thoughts of suicide or self-destructive behavior.
Key in helping a depressed child is early diagnosis. Depression must be diagnosed and treated as a disease that requires professional attention. Individual and family counseling are often part of the treatment, along with cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy. Antidepressant medication is sometimes recommended, as is ant anxiety medication. Medications can also include selective serotonin uptake inhibitors like Prozac and Zoloft. Statistically, they have been shown to be effective in relieving depression symptoms in children and adolescents, as well as in adults. However, any medication considered for children must be administered by a qualified physician, because there are risks involved. Recently, it has been noted that there is an increase in suicidal thoughts when prescribing antidepressants for children. If you suspect that your child might be suffering from depression, consult a qualified mental health professional who can diagnosis and treat your child.
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