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…show more content…
The things that the child enjoyed now bring little or no joy to the child who is now depressed. Child psychiatrists give advice to the parents to be careful and observant to avoid cases of depressions on their children while they are in their young age (Bornstein & Bradley, 2012). Children, who are depressed, may utter weird words such as they want to die, or others may talk about committing suicide. Depressed children face high risks of for committing the act, suicide. At times, children who are always causing troubles at school and homes may be suffering from depression. Since the young child may not always seem sad, teachers and parents may not be in a position to realize that troublesome behaviors come as a result of depressions, and when directly asked, these children openly state that they are sad or either unhappy (Evans & Andrews, 2005). The types of depressions that affect children are major depression; adjust disorders with depressed mood, dysthymia, seasonal affective disorder, as well as bipolar. Major depression This is considered a very serious condition, which is characterized by a long-lasting sad mood, guilt, the inability to feel happiness, and feelings of worthlessness (Evans & Andrews, 2005). Depression cases that are majors normally interfere with day-to-day activities of the child such as sleeping and eating. Children suffering from major depressions feels depressed everyday day (Evans & Andrews, 2005). Dysthymia This
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