Childhood is a phase of life characterized by carefree attitude, innocence and joy. But sometimes this happy time of life can get scarred with unpleasant feelings of sadness and the children may undergo depression owing to their personal and family situations.
Depression in children is much different from depression in adults. As a parent it is necessary to identify any signs that may warn of development of depression in children.
Feelings of anger, sadness, rage, unhappiness, despair, etc are some of the symptoms of depression in children. Psychosomatic symptoms like loss of sleep, headaches, loss of appetite, etc are also found in children suffering from depression.
Dealing with a child in depression can be a challenging task. However if this problem is not encountered at the right time, it can manifest into serious problem and harm the relationships and future of a child.
If you are a parent to a depressed child then the foremost step is to assure the child that depression is curable and your child will recover from it. Comfort your child by explaining to her that it is okay to feel sad but some people find it difficult to cope with it. Having such feelings should not make your child feel ashamed or else she might try to hide such feelings.
Be honest with your child and allow them to deal with the pain in a healthy way. Events like the death of a pet or relocating to a different location may seem insignificant to you but they can have a huge impact on your child. Give the child some time to grieve over the loss and recover from it.
Observe your child’s behavior. If the symptoms of depression linger for too long, take action immediately. Consult a professional and seek help. Psychotherapy sessions along with medications can be used to counter the problem if it gets too serious.
However take the advice of a medical practitioner before giving antidepressants to your child as they can have serious side effects. Do not ignore the symptoms and take necessary precautions to deal with them before they disrupt the mental and physical well-being of your child.