NHS Improving Mental Health Services
Following the National Audit Office (NAO) report that we shared and commented on 13th February 2023, the Government are now conducting an Inquiry on mental health services and the progress that they'v...
Depression is not exclusive to adults. As we learn more about depression, we’re growing to understand that children can also suffer from depression - even from quite young ages. It’s naturally distressing to think about any child struggling with something as horrible as depression but, in fact, catching the illness early in childhood gives the sufferer a much better chance at overcoming it than would be the case had it been diagnosed later in their lives.
If you’re worried about depression in a child or young person in your life, read on to learn more about what to watch out for, risk factors, and ways to lower the risk:
Diagnosing depression in children can be difficult, as many of the symptoms of depression are similar to the ups, downs, and growing pains of normal childhood. However, if several of these symptoms are maintained over a consistent period of time, it may be worth seeking a medical opinion:
Sadly, there are no surefire ways of ensuring that your child will never suffer from depression. Depression is a condition which strikes at all kinds of people, from all walks of life, with all kinds of childhoods. What’s more, a great many factors in the life of your child are beyond your control. For example, they may experience bullying at school, or witness a traumatic event. So, you cannot actively and definitively prevent your child from getting depression.
However, there are some things you can do which may help them to fend off depression, and may fortify them against it if it does come to afflict them:
Given that you cannot vaccinate your child against depression and there are no sure preventative methods to protect them against it, it may help to know the factors which may put your child at higher risk of depression. If you know that your child may be vulnerable to depression, you can keep an eye out for symptoms and help to equip them with the emotional tools and resilience they will need if depression ever does rear its head.
If you suspect that your child may be depressed, it is essential that you get professional help for them as soon as possible. Children have a good recovery rate from depression so, with the right kind of help and support, their prognosis is positive.
Though it may not seem like it at the time, getting diagnosed with depression while still young is a good thing. Unfortunately, depression is a condition which tends to recur over the course of a lifetime. However, if it is caught young then your child will have ample opportunity to learn coping and healing strategies which work for them. What’s more, young minds are primed for learning new ways of thinking, which makes it far easier for them to break out of depressive patterns and reform cognitive patterns than is the case for older patients.
A trained counsellor, perhaps a family counsellor, will be able to help your child work through what they’re feeling, and teach them strategies for building the paths of their mind in such a way that they are always able to climb out of depressive episodes. Follow the links on our homepage for tips on finding the right counsellor for you and your child.
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