Many parents believe that their children could not happen, but the alarming number of children and adolescents who have been admitted to a pediatric hospital due to self-improvement or suicidal thoughts.
Every year, 4,600 young people in the age of 10 to 24 commit suicide, and 157,000 are treated in emergency departments for self-injury, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). UU.
Recently, high school students reported that 16% seriously thought of suicide, 13% developed a plan, and 8% tried suicide last year. Pediatric depression is real and devastating.
Parents can take steps to prevent the depression of their children and keep them emotionally healthy during growth.
Help them build a social network at an early age through new friendships; participation in sports, out-of-school activities or hobbies; and membership in organizations with youth programs.
Parents should be prepared for early signs of depression, which is equally important.
There are many signs of warning that parents should know, in the opinion of America for mental health, non-profit organizations, such as excessive fears, anxiety and irritability.
Signs of child depression
Low school success
Losing interest to friends and your favorite activities
Do not eat or sleep well
Feel sad, hopeless and / or angry
Lack of self-esteem
Lack of enthusiasm, energy or motivation
Excessive reaction to criticism
Have problems with dealing with authorities
Do not be able to concentrate and act restlessly and upset
Use of alcohol and drugs for recreation
If your child shows signs of emotional anxiety, do not assume it is temporary.
Young people need guidance from parents and other adults to understand and process all the emotions they experience.
What to do if you have symptoms
Encourage them to share their feelings and seek help from mental health experts with experience in childhood depression, especially if their mood disables normal functioning on a daily basis.
Never ignore suicide talks and remember that it may happen subtle or imprecise.
Be careful if there is a family history of depression, as this increases the risk for a child or an adolescent.