Depression Among Children and Young Adults

Depression among children and young adults is increasing at an alarming rate.

According to the World Health Organization, the predominate cause of illness and disability for boys and girls aged 10 to 19 years is depression.

Symptoms of depression may include: changes in sleep patterns, appetite, weight, trouble concentrating, social withdrawal and suicidal thoughts and unexplained medical symptoms. Feelings of despair, hopelessness, sadness and worthlessness may also be present.

The incidence of depression in teenage girls appears to be higher than that of teenage boys. One key factor is the stress resulting from emotional, physical or sexual harassment.

Depression results from a complex interaction of social, psychological and biological factors.

Helping your child to take good measures to care for their physical and mental health will go a long way in helping to prevent depression, or help eliminate it.

Creating a First-Aid Kit for their Emotions may go a long way in helping your child feel good. Here are a few items they may wish to put in their kit:

1. a journal containing positive thoughts and experiences
2. mementos to remind them of the people who love them
3. inspirational sayings
4. favorite positive songs
5. encouraging articles.

Should you have concerns regarding your child or yourself, please do reach out to LisaMarie @ 518-603-0326.