Depression is a metal health issue affecting both children and adults, however the way in which the illness is described differs. This difference occurs in the day to day activities that often define our age, like work, school or play. It is important to treat depression early, especially in children. Those with untreated depression are prone to poor social skills, which may impede their sociological growth and lead to deeper depression.
Depression causes relate to physical health, life events, family history, environment, genetic vulnerability, and biochemical disturbance. Defined as a mental illness, feelings of depression persist and eventually interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to function. Childhood depression has the following symptoms:
- Frequent sadness, tearfulness, crying
- Decreased interest in activities; or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities
- Feeling hopeless
- Social isolation and poor social skills
- Low self-worth and guilt for no reason
- Sensitivity to rejection or failure
- Irritability, anger, or hostility
- Frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches and stomachaches
- Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school
- Poor concentration
- A major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns
- Running away from home
- Thoughts or expressions of suicide or other self-destructive behavior
An untreated diagnosis in children, may lead to drugs or alcohol to cope with their feelings in their adolescent years. This inability to cope may lead to suicide, a leading cause of death among youth in the United States with an estimated that half a million teen’s attempting suicide each year. Parents and caregivers should be careful when depression symptoms develop to get kids and teens appropriate treatment as quickly as possible. Rogers is a world leader in depression treatment, our staff understands depression completely and treats patients properly after providing the correct level of care, and diagnosis. With a robust array of levels of care, and access to the best psychiatry possible, Rogers treats people at every level with successful outcomes. Why not get a screening for a loved one, patient, or yourself today by calling 800-767-4411 or visiting our online form.