Is Your Teen Depressed?- Part 2

Posted on 2013-07-25 05:42:44

Causes of depression In children two out of every 100 children gets depression. It is normally common in children if they have come from broken homes, suffered abuse or neglect, lost a parent early in life or have had a childhood illness. Causes of depression can also include social and emotional stressors e.g. bullying in schools, physical abuse by domestic helps and maids. Other possible reasons of depression also include loneliness, relationship difficulties, changing circumstances, genetics where close relatives with depression make one vulnerable to depression when something upsets them. Medical illnesses such as acute viral infections like flu also cause depression. Disasters can also cause anxiety and depression. These disasters may involve terrifying encounters with death or physical harm. It can involve multiple elements such as accidental trauma, fire explosions, natural calamities such as floods and devastation caused deliberately such as bombings, riots which also may result into death and cause grief. A young person involved in such incidences is for sure never ever the same again. It is true that some mental cases e.g. depression run in families although there are people with mental disorders and who have no family members dealing with the same. Signs and symptoms of Depression Some classical symptoms of depression include:
  • losing interest in life and other activities,
  • poor coping mechanisms,
  • getting restless and agitated,
  • losing self confidence,
  • Feeling irritable, useless, inadequate, hopeless, pessimistic and guilt,
  • Losing appetite and losing weight
  • Poor decision making,
  • Difficulty concentrating and even remembering,
  • Avoiding other people and sleeping too much.

A combination of some of these can be showing that your niece may be depressed.

Normally, parents may worsen the situation by scolding the child and not trying to look for root causes of the change in behaviour. Children should be handled tactfully in order to help them report their feelings and help them to describe their feelings by also asking the right questions. When children are young they normally cant find the right words to describe their feelings.