Depression is a serious emotional disorder that affects not just the adults but also the younger generation and children. And since depression is not just a bad mood that will go away after a few hours, proper treatment should be administered to the victims of depression.
Just like it is for the adults, depression in children can be caused by different factors including but not limited to life events and changes, physical health, stress, hormonal issues and genetic vulnerability. Sadly, a great majority of people will notice and care for a depressed adult but most of them will turn a blind eye on a little angel who is showing signs of depression. And why, you may ask? Well, depression is not as common in children as it is in adults and that is why you might miss the signs of depression on a little one.
This post is meant to give you the telltale signs of depression in children and how to help your child overcome this life threatening emotional disorder.
Telltale Signs of Depression:
So, first things first; what are the telltale signs of depression in children? A child that is suffering from depression will have trouble sleeping and eating, have trouble concentrating, isolate himself or herself, show sadness or have a hot temper, and have a feeling of guilt and hopelessness. According to Nurture Empower, most parents or guardians will not realize that their child is depressed just because these days, we are so swamped with work and other chores that we are less involved in our children’s lives.
So, as a parent or guardian, be involved in your child’s life no matter how grown or little they are. And if your child is showing signs of depression, make sure that you help them beat and overcome it before it takes a toll on them. Moving on, in addition to seeking professional help, here are some of the things that you could do at home to help your little one regain his or her happiness and charm:
- Appreciate your child’s achievements, no matter how small they are – Children love to feel and see that they are appreciated and recognized at all times. So, keep showing it to your child by praising them for the good things they do or their achievements.
- Slow down on punishment – Gone are the days when punishment was seen as a way of correcting a child. Most children turn to negative behaviors because of different reasons and unfortunately, depression is one of them. By punishing this child, you will be adding salt to injury. So, turn to other measures like talking the child out of their negative behaviors.
- Don’t dwell on mistakes – We all make mistakes and like they say it, no one is perfect. Stop dwelling on the wrongs but recognize and appreciate the rights.
- Gain their trust – When your child trusts you, they will have no problem expressing their fears or problems to you. And through that trust, you will be able to help your child deal with stressing matters and reduce the chances of them falling into depression.