Disorders and Treatment
- Mental Illness
- Bipolar Disorder
- Mood Disorders
- Borderline Personality
- Mental Health Diagnosis
- Mental Health Treatments
- Alternative Meds
- Case Studies
Childhood should be a time of wonder and exploration, when kids can become their interests and joys. Many children, however, don’t have this chance, and are instead beset by depression and anxiety. Since most children by definition lack the emotional maturity to face depression on their own, it falls to the adults in their lives to model positive behavior, and to identify the signs of childhood depression and help the child through it. By doing this, you will be able to help prevent depression in children.
Scientists have uncovered a number of factors that can lead to a child developing depression. These include the following:
While not conclusive on their own, these factors do have statistical significance and should at least serve to alert the patient of the need for further assessment.
Some of the risk factors above can be minimized, but if they cannot be completely eliminated, then steps must be taken to proactively prevent the onset of depression. Current diagnostic models will not detect depression earlier than around age 5, but the following strategies can be implemented much sooner than that for at-risk children.
Sometimes, a child’s emotional turmoil is beyond your ability to fix on your own. There are compassionate, trained professionals who know the best ways to approach mental health issues in children and how to prevent depression in children. If, despite your efforts, your child remains withdrawn, quiet, or prone to fighting or crying, get a referral from the child’s pediatrician. It’s better to seek help earlier rather than later.
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