How Do You Treat Depression in Children?
Dealing with depression in children can feel like an emotional roller coaster of emotions-anger, fear, sadness, helplessness, frustration, and exhaustion. Trying to figure out how to cope with these physical symptoms is difficult and exhausting. So how do you deal with the emotional symptoms of depression-depression, mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, lack of interest in things they once loved, irritability and hopelessness?
What you must do is to take steps that will help your child’s life change for the better. I know how difficult it is to cope with a child who is depressed, so I wanted to write this article so that other parents could learn how they can handle their own children’s depression and be helped by others in their situation. It is very hard to deal with a child who is depressed, but there are ways. The important thing is to know that you are not alone and there are many people out there that have dealt with this same problem and have found good ways to deal with it.
Children with depression may show signs like: being easily frustrated, angry, hostile, moodiness, difficulty concentrating, being sensitive to even the tiniest change, low self-esteem, irritability, and lack of interest in things that used to bring joy to their lives. It can affect your entire family and that’s why it’s important to find the right treatment.
You need help dealing with this condition, especially if you are the parent. Your child needs to know that you are there for them and that their problems are not your responsibility. You can get the support you need from your child’s teacher, health care professional or family.
Another thing that you can do is to help your children. One way is by talking to them about the situation and helping them understand it. They can talk about it with you and it might make things easier for them. When your child has had time off from school and has gone to a hospital room to get their medicine, tell them that you love them and are there for them no matter what.
Try different things to make your children happy. Some great ideas include: painting a mural of a tree or animal that they enjoy, playing Frisbee, reading to them, telling stories or playing games. If they don’t get enough sleep, try reading to them and letting them watch you read to them, or listen to them.
Therapy is another great way of dealing with this condition. If they do not want to see a therapist, then talk to a counselor. There are also different kinds of psychotherapy that have been proven to help depression in children. These psychotherapies are usually called cognitive behavioral therapy and are done in the form of a two-way communication with your child and the therapist. You can also try cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches you and your child how to recognize and deal with your child’s depression symptoms.
It is important for you as a parent to talk to your child. They may need a strong support system and it is not only their family that helps them out, but also their friends, school officials, and the school psychologist as well.
Your children have to learn how to deal with depression on their own. The more you teach them how to deal with their depression symptoms, the better they will be able to cope with it on their own. This may be hard at first for your children but they will eventually get it. and that is when you know that your children have overcome depression.
Depression is not something that you can just wait out of. If you think you might have dealt with depression before, it is best that you seek help now so that your children will not have to go through it in the future.
Depression in children is treatable. If you can find out the cause of it, then you can handle it and make sure that your children will be happier when they grow up.