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Do you have a child who always seems down and depressed? He/she may be uninterested in playing with others, spend large amounts of time alone, have a decreased appetite, and/or be failing in school. Whatever the case, you hate to see your child in such a state and want to be there for him.
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If your child has clinical depression, don't ever take it
lightly. It can be very serious and sometimes even life threatening. Monitor
his moods and intervene when he seems to be overly sad or even
uncharacteristically angry or anxious for long periods of time.
Lending a sympathetic and listening ear can be of great
assistance to a child. Do your best to find out what is bothering him and make
yourself available whenever he needs to talk. Be patient as it may take time
for him to open up to you and always be sure to conduct your talks privately
and confidentially. Do your best to find the cause of his depression. For
example, if it is bullying at school, you will be able to take care of the
issue by meeting with school administration to address the problem.
Getting him involved in sports or exercise may help lessen
the severity of depression. Interacting with others, being active, and
competing with his peers can sometimes take his mind off his issues. Even
something as simple as writing or drawing in a journal can go far in helping
him vent his feelings.
If nothing can shake your child from his depression, it may
be time to seek professional help. Be sure to select someone who specializes in
psychiatric care for children. There are many qualified psychiatrists and
psychologists who can assist with this issue. Many have learned their
professions through reputable colleges and universities. This professional may
prescribe medication to assist your child in dealing with his depression. Taken
properly, they can go far in rejuvenating his once happy and positive spirit.
Depression can come and go over long periods of time, so it
is essential that patients have access to therapy on a regular
basis. These educated and caring individuals will provide their patient with
many options and services. Many have masters
in social work online or similar degrees, and are thus very qualified to
help your child.
Depression can be a serious issue. Don't hesitate to call on
those who are trained and experienced in dealing with such cases. Following the
above suggestions will help restore that once happy and content youngster.
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