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Your child may be a victim of depression

Saturday - November 24, 2018 9:26 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL

WTN- If parents think that children cannot fall prey to depression and it is only the adults who are prone to be affected by it, they are wrong. Changing lifestyle and the overbearing influence of technology in our lives, which distances us from people and society around us, can cause depression in children as much as they can do in adults. This is one reason why the number of children committing suicide has increased drastically in the last few years.
 
Children may not manifest their anxiety levels as prominently, but pretty much for the same reason they need to be closely monitored and sensitively handled. Parental care and involvement in children’s life is important both for keeping away depression and also for controlling it if it sets in. The better the atmosphere at home and more happiness and unity there is in the family, better are the chances of keeping depression at bay. However, it is not always easy to maintain such an ideal situation. Family feuds, financial distress, emotional rifts, work pressure etc. are common in families and these affect children drastically.
 
Children are close observers and emotionally more sensitive and fragile than their adult counterparts, which is why it is very important for parents to ensure that there is peace and harmony at home and the pressures of the outside world don’t disturb the family atmosphere. They must spend quality time with their children and engage them in fruitful tasks like drawing or music so that they don’t get addicted to mobile phones and computer games.
 
These addictions make them irritated and depressive. Parents should also not put undue pressure on children to perform. Every child has his own potential and unique area of talent which cannot be measured by a general yardstick of school exam. If there is mental pressure from parents, children try to outrun their capacity and this leads to early exhaustion and breakdown.
 
Parents often want to burden their kids with their own unfulfilled dreams and when they don’t show the proclivity to carry those dreams on their shoulders, parents get frustrated. This is a completely wrong approach. Every child has his own pace of growing and understanding things and there should be no pressure from the school or parents to do better in specific areas determined by them. The child must be let alone to choose his area of performance and competence for himself, because he is often the best person to decide so.
 
Parents and elders can only give the right guidance and direction but they should not exceed their brief and try to play the role their children are supposed to play out themselves. In case a child falls into depression, parents must intervene early and take steps to ameliorate the psychotic malady. If the child shows sudden change in behaviour like keeping away from people and society, eating lesser or more than he usually does, is sleeping more and showing disinterest in the activities he liked, then it is time to take cognisance and act.  Downplaying these signs can only aggravate the problem, both for the child and the family. –Window To News