The signs of depression in children are quite different from the signs in adults. Because they have greater difficulty expressing their feelings, many children end up somatizing the disease, resulting in pain in different parts of the body.
It is common for the child to become quieter and remain more isolated. In addition, it is common that there is a frequent fluctuation in emotions, causing their behavior to become confused, especially children'ss, who most often see this behavior as "just a phase" or "tantrum", at times when that child is more irritated.
The presentation of symptoms can vary greatly depending on the child and their personality. Symptoms can be easily confused with other diseases or disorders, such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Childhood Depression: 5 Warning Signs
Change in eating habits
In this case, the child can either overfeed or avoid food. Suppose parents notice that their child has been avoiding some dishes frequently or eating a lot more than usual. In that case, it is important to be alert and understand the possible reasons for this behavior.
Irritability is a common symptom of depression. In childhood, it can be manifested through some attitudes, such as respsnding to parents frequently, causing scandals by simply wanting to contradict or scream.
Daily activities like brushing teeth or even putting away toys can also make a child irritable.
The childhood depression can also cause difficulty in sleeping. The child rolls over and cannot sleep, or gets up several times during the night. This lack of rest can also further contribute to irritability.
The opposite can also happen. The child may oversleep and feel more sleepy during the day.
Poor school performance
A drop in school performance is a very common symptom in children with deprechild'sParents may be called frequently at school due to complaints of fighting or the child's lack of participation in class. In addition, the child may be inattentive and have lower grades.
Playing and exploring new curiosities are some of children's favorite activities. Even the quietest children are often curious and are always looking to be learning something new, including: reading, studying, playing ball, running in the park, or inventing some new game.
Parents and teachers should be aware when they notice a difference in a child's mood. When she stops playing with colleagues, avoids interacting or even appears to be more "still", it is important to be aware. Frequent disinterest is not normal.
Some other symptoms that can arise in childhood depression are:
- Feelings of guilt;
- Excessive crying;
- Hypo or hyperactivity;
- Excessive fears;
- Feeling of worthlessness or worthlessness.
Childhood depression: know how to help
There are several ways to help a child with depression. First, it is essential that parents establish a healthy lifestyle for the child, thus including a routine with fixed times for school activities and also for games and leisure.
Showing affection, affection, and welcoming are essential at any stage of life, especially in childhood. Above all, it is important to value the child's small achievements and not aggressively condemn him when he makes a mistake.
Having a correct diagnosis is essential so that treatment for childhood depression is started as soon as possible. As soon as the parents or close ones notice changes in the child's behavior, it is important to take the child to a psychologist. This professional will help with the most appropriate treatment.
Treatment usually involves weekly or fortnightly appointments with the professional. Through child psychotherapy, it is possible to treat children's mental health and help them understand how their emotions and feelings work.
In child therapy, playful games are usually performed with the use of toys, board games, or drawings.
Thus, it is essential to always be very attentive to the child's habits and changes in behavior.