Childhood depression. Causes and symptoms
A sad child is not the same as a depressed child . Learning to differentiate these two aspects is key when acting. A depressed child has a more severe and specific symptoms. The sadness is transient. Depression is more lasting. What are the symptoms of childhood depression The symptoms of a child wi
A sad child is not the same as a depressed child. Learning to differentiate these two aspects is key when acting. A depressed child has a more severe and specific symptoms. The sadness is transient. Depression is more lasting.
What are the symptoms of childhood depression
The symptoms of a child with depression will depend a lot on the child. Each child is a world and is a separate case and that is why each child has to be studied in depth. We have to do on many occasions what psychologists call a 'tailor-made suit', both in the evaluation and in the intervention. But if there is that small data with what we can at least launch a small alarm:
- Emotional symptoms in childhood depression: They are children who are sad, who are apathetic, like they lose interest in doing things, have changes Suddenly, they catch temper tantrums, they immediately catch temper tantrums, and they tend to have a high level of anxiety.
- Cognitive symptoms: They feel sad, they think they are sad, they usually have a series of negative ideas, because they think that they are worth very little or that they are not worth anything, that they do not do anything right.
- Somatic symptoms: It's these children that hurt ... that immediately we are in the doctor because when my head does not hurt, my gut hurts and otherwise it hurts, but the pediatrician tells us that there is nothing organic , so there is no physiological cause that is causing it. And within the motor symptoms, we can see that there is either hiccups or hyper mobility, because these children who suddenly move a lot or go into phases as more apathy. But always thinking that there has been a change because there are children who already moved much earlier or moved little before.
What are the causes of childhood depression? The causes that can lead a child to depression can be many and very diverse. We are always going to have to do an in-depth analysis of that child.
What is happening to that child? Because the important thing, as happens with adults, is not so much what happens to me, but how we live it and how we are interpreting it. That's why we're always going to have to evaluate very well, and work very well with those parents. It is also important to work with the teachers who can give us a lot of information because they spend many hours with the children and work with the children. To see exactly that child that is what is happening to him. Although it is true that in certain situations such as the loss of a loved one very close, a separation of parents,
sometimes a change, a move to another city, a change of school in which perhaps the child has cost a little more to integrate and make more friends, they can affect them. But we can never talk about a cause-and-effect relationship. We can not say that all the children who suffer a loss will have depression or that all the children whose father separates or divorces will have depression. It will always depend on the interpretation that each child makes and we will also be careful with the interpretation that the adult and the people of the environment make, which are often what favor or even cause a lower state of mind in the child.