30 January, 2023

Alert with childhood depression, a rising mood

up to adolescence, it is more common to affect boys. But nevertheless, from adolescence affects more women

By Dra. Margaret Burgos

Mental health – It is estimated that a 3% of children suffer from some type of depression, percentage that can reach 7% among teenagers. These figures, blunt from the numbers, makes it clear that it is a problem that needs to be addressed.

This is because many children are exposed to abuse, to extreme poverty, to learning disabilities, to parental neglect and even the absence of stable parents. further, they are always bombarded with news. Although before they were not so common, currently and with this media incursion, the scope is increasing, that is, they are more likely to suffer from it.

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up to adolescence, it is more common to affect boys. But nevertheless, from adolescence affects more women.

Symptoms are easy to spot, but diagnosing it can be difficult because these symptoms may also be typical of other disorders, such as anxiety or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

In preschool children, are irritable and cry frequently. In those of school age, sadness is noticed, feelings of guilt, apathy, somatic complaints, in addition to stomach pain and headache. You may also have difficulty concentrating and trouble falling asleep..

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In the adolescent stage, In addition to some of these traits, there may also be behavioral problems., suicidal ideas and some aggressiveness, especially if combined with alcohol and drug use.

The most recommended is, at the slightest hint, try to prevent or try not to progress. This can happen if the components of the home are healthy enough and manage to perceive that something is not right.. But unfortunately this is not always the case in Mental Health

Treatment depends on age, the severity of the condition and the circumstances of the same. For example, a newborn child that is in an incubator will require maternal closeness and caresses. If someone has learning problems, the ideal is to approach the subject making them see that it is not their fault and help them as much as possible.

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In case of any suspicion of childhood depression, it is recommended to go to the trusted pediatrician, who will then refer you to a mental health specialist. The approach to the subject must be global and may require a combined therapy with pharmacological measures and a treatment that helps the child to manage their emotions to resolve conflicts and their learning problems.. Something is for sure: In the process, not only the child must be involved, but also the entire family environment..

Ignore cases of childhood depression, thinking that time heals everything, it may be a bad idea. Disorders that have not been adequately treated, they can go through a stage of latency and then reappear with more force and worse symptoms.

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