Depression And Its Effects On Children

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Depression in Children Students’ Name Institutional Affiliation Depression in Children Commonly, depression is a serious disorder that affects all individuals irrespective of their ages; that is the children and adolescents. In definition, it is the persistent experience of irritable mood as well the loss of interest in nearly all activities (Wade & Tavris, 2000). Normally, these feelings are accompanied by additional symptoms that affect the activity level, concentration, sleep, appetite, as well as feelings of self-worth. Psychologists believe that mental illness affects the entire body; it influences the way an individual feels, acts and thinks. Depression can cause school failure, suicide, and drug abuse such as alcohol if not treated early. Just like the way depression attacks the adults, it also attacks the children as well. The best thing is that depression is treatable; hence, it is only dangerous if depression persists and can interfere with a child’s ability to function (Wade & Tavris, 2000). According to the research done, about five percent of children in a general population suffer from depression at any given point in time. Children with stress, who experiences attentional, learning or anxiety problems, are at very high risks for depression (Bornstein & Bradley, 2012). The behaviors differ among children suffering from depressions and those of adults. A child who often used to play with his or her fellow children will now spend most of his or her
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