How should Childhood Depression and Anxiety be Treated/Dealt with?

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Inquiry question: How should childhood depression and anxiety be treated/dealt with? Introduction: Clinical depression, depression, biological depression, and major depression, all refer to the same thing: feeling sad for weeks or months on end. Depressed individuals struggle with feelings of dispaer, hopelessness, and no energy; things like getting out of bed, taking a shower, and eating become hard to do. Recent evidence has validated clinical depression in children as young as age 3, but not much data is available to gauge treatment of early childhood depression (Luby, 2011). These kids are often left behind in school academically and socially. A helping hand from a teacher could make all the difference in the world to them. I…show more content…
They may cling to their parents and avoid new people and challenges. At ages 9–12, some common symptoms are morbid thoughts and lying awake worrying about schoolwork. By then, children have enough intellectual capacity and social understanding to think about reasons for their depression, and they may blame themselves for disappointing their parents.” (health.harvard.edu, 2002). Connections to text: Emotional and behavioral problems in children are more common than many adults realize says McDevitt and Ormond. “Approximately 25% of young people in the United States are affected by a mental health difficulty sometime during childhood” (Mcdevitt, Ormrod, p449). Mcdevitt and Ormond also talk about the signs that children and adolescents with depression may display. They may be unresponsive to caregivers, withdraw from social interactions with peers, complain about physical alements like headache, or stomach aches and/or appear constantly sad and irritable (Mcdevitt, Ormrod, p449). They may have trouble concentrating, lose interest in activities, lose appetite or have difficulty sleeping aswell. As found in my other research, this text book states that many instances of depression and bi-polar disorder have biological, and genetic roots, “— these conditions tend to run in families, are often foreshadowed by temperamental moodiness, and may reflect chemical imbalances in
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