Depression is almost always associated with adults. Of course, teenagers are prone to the disorder as well since it is a critical juncture in a person’s life which can lead to a rollercoaster of emotions resulting in the condition but we rarely hear about child depression. Child depression is a real phenomenon despite the incidence being not as high as depression in other age groups. Children are by default known to be more emotional so it can be hard to diagnose, but prolonged tantrums or other signs such as withdrawal from people should be something that must be investigated.
Child depression was only recognized about three decades ago when a pediatrician intensively observed a number of children to learn that they were exhibiting the typical symptoms of the disorder as seen by adults and teenagers. Being sad is common in children particularly because they are still emotionally weak. Thus, it is common for them to be sad about trivial issues such as breaking a toy they love for instance. Nevertheless, if sadness is prolonged and exists for an extended period of time with no apparent reason, this can be alarming.
Child depression symptoms are typical of adult depression but may have certain distinctions as well. Being perpetually sad is one indicator. Being irritated and frustrated constantly about little things can also be a sign. Hypersomnia or insomnia, reduced socializing with friends and changes in appetite are some general symptoms of child depression. Specific signs of child depression include throwing of tantrums often, bursting into tears over things that don’t usually cause them to cry as well as low tolerance are some of the signs of the malady in children.
Child depression treatment can be done using similar methods to adults. However antidepressants are not recommended for children. Instead, using alternative, natural methods such as talk therapy and positive reinforcement can help alleviate the condition. Establishing a bond with the child and convincing them to voice their thoughts will help identify the reason behind their woe. Once the reason has been identified, simply addressing the issue can help successfully get rid of the condition.
The important thing is diagnosing the condition accurately. One simple way to find out if the child is actually suffering from depression is to notice if their behavior is significantly affecting their day to day life. if this is the case, there’s a good chance your child has indeed developed the condition.