What is Depression?
Depression is a disorder that mainly affects one’s mood, causing one to be sad or uninterested in many things.
It is a mental state that expresses mood disorders such as sadness, boredom, melancholy, apathy, lack of concentration, loss of appetite, negative worldview, etc.
While the above mood disorders are often the obvious symptoms of Depression, you must get diagnosed before believing you have Depression.
In Thailand, there are two diagnostic criteria. Which are: DSM-V (primarily used) and ICD-10.
Depression: Cause and Effect.
Several things could cause Depression. These causes range from biological to circumstantial.
Some of the causes of Depression include:
- Genetic disorders: if your family has a history of people suffering from Depression, you are at a high risk of doing so too.
- Chemical abnormalities in the brain
- Hormone levels
- Substance abuse
The effects of Depression vary. However, the common effects are insomnia, loss of appetite, sadness, hopelessness, inability to function properly, drastic change in weight, loss of appetite, suicide, etc.
Having Depression makes one struggle in your day-to-day life and relationships. A depressed person finds it hard to communicate with friends and family as they often shut themselves out from the world.
As a parent, how can I deal with my child having Depression?
Before delving into how to deal with a depressed child, we should discuss how to prevent your child from having Depression.
While there’s no sure way to prevent someone from having Depression, there are a few things you could do to help minimize the chances of your child being depressed.
The first and most important thing is to create a warm and loving home for your children. Your children need to feel seen and loved. Often, children who end up depressed have a traumatic home or childhood as the genesis of their disorder.
As parents, you should make time for your children. Do a lot of activities together, and engage in conversations with them. Acknowledge their thoughts, feelings, and opinions and show great understanding.
Also, give your children a little freedom to make their own choices and mistakes. All you need to do is be there to guide them.
However, if you suspect your child of being depressed, you need to first take them to a psychiatrist for a proper diagnosis. There are a variety of services, both public and private hospitals.
After making a diagnosis, a Child Psychiatrist will decide what treatment is best for your child. It is usually either therapy or the use of antidepressants.
As a parent, you still have to be there for your children. This time, your presence is even more important. You need to show your child that you care and you love them. Be careful not to overwhelm them with your feelings, as it could cause them to feel terrible about themselves.
Instead, show your child you understand their feelings and will always be by their side.
Raising children is often a difficult challenge for parents. Parents need to do better, whether it’s taking care of their physical or mental health.
All parenting shouldn’t go towards ensuring your children attend the best schools or have the best materialistic things. You should pay close attention to your child’s mental health.
Raise your children in a loving and warm home. Make sure every family member is constantly reminded of your love for one another.