Many people have the image that depression is something that affects adults, but in fact, children can also suffer from depression. In this issue, we will introduce depression in children.
Is Your Child Safe? Depression Checklist
It is not only adults but also children who feel depressed or sad after a difficult time. It is easy to think that children do not feel so stressed.
However, when they enter puberty, their hormonal balance changes dramatically and they often become emotionally unstable. In addition, various events such as studying for entrance exams and relationships in club activities can combine to cause physical and mental problems.
Check the following list to see if your child is on the threshold of depression.
Irritability over trivial things
□Lack of motivation for study, club activities, etc.
□Does not enjoy things that used to be fun anymore
□I have trouble sleeping more often.
Adequate rest if signs of depression appear.
If a depressed state of mind lasts for more than two weeks or if you are unable to sleep for days on end, there is a good chance that you are depressed. Depression is characterized by a combination of depressive feelings and physical symptoms (lethargy, loss of appetite, insomnia, headaches, etc.).
Before this happens, it is important to first give your mind and body a good rest. If your child goes straight to cram school after school, or goes to lessons every day and has no time to rest, it may be necessary to review his/her lifestyle.
If you feel that your child is acting strangely, consider consulting a specialist, such as a child psychiatrist.
<If you find yourself at the threshold of depression, take care of yourself to regulate your mind.
The mind and body are interconnected, so if you have an overloaded weekday schedule, start by giving your body a break.
It is important to listen to your child and try to be attentive to their concerns. If your child wants to go out on the weekend, go to the mountains or the beach to get in touch with nature, or go to a theme park or other popular spot to exercise your body.
Watching movies or DVDs and laughing or crying as much as possible is also said to have a relaxing effect. In any case, do not try too hard, so just take it lightly and give it a try if you think it sounds fun.
It is said that mood modulation disorder, or depression, often develops around the age of junior high school students. Please keep a close watch on your child’s condition on a regular basis and see a doctor as soon as possible if you have any concerns. As parents, we want to watch over our children as they grow up healthy.