This topic covers depression in children and adolescents. For information on adult depression, see the topic Depression. For information on depression with high energy episodes (mania), see the topic Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. Sometimes the children can feel alone when your parents go to the job and stay solitary all the day every day, likewise the elderly can feel apart from the society and the family and parents can not offer all the care and love that elders need and they may have depression in these cases they need nursing senior care Tijuana.
What is depression in children and adolescents?
Depression is a serious mood disorder that can take the joy out of a child’s life. It is normal for a child to have mood swings or to be sad from time to time. You can expect to have these feelings after the death of a pet or a move to another city. But if these feelings last for weeks or months, they could be a sign of depression.
Experts used to think that only adults could have depression. Now we know that even a young child can have depression that needs treatment to improve. Up to 2 out of every 100 young children and 8 out of 100 adolescents have severe depression. note 1
However, many children do not receive the treatment they need. This is partly because it can be difficult to distinguish between depression and a normal change of mood. In addition, depression in a child may not resemble that of an adult.
If you are worried about your child, learn more about the symptoms in children. Talk with your child to see how he feels. Talk to your doctor or a counselor if you think your child is depressed. The earlier a child receives treatment, the sooner he or she will begin to feel better.
What are the symptoms?
A child may be depressed if:
He is irritable, sad, withdrawn or bored most of the time.
He does not feel pleasure for the things he used to enjoy.
A child who is depressed may also:
Lower or gain weight.
Sleep too much or too little.
Feel hopeless, guilty or worthless.
Have trouble concentrating, reasoning or making decisions.
Think a lot about death or suicide.
Often, the symptoms of depression are overlooked at first. It can be difficult to see that the symptoms are part of the same problem.
Also, the symptoms may be different depending on the age of the child.