Childhood Depression Paper

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Childhood Depression


Childhood Depression

In recent years, we have heard of depression and the affects of the disorder, and what
medications and theories help to prevent depression in adults. Many people are not aware
that not only is depression diagnosed in adults, recently studies show that depression is
diagnosed in adolescents. Not only adults become depressed. Children and teenagers also
may have depression.

Depression is defined as an illness when it persists. Childhood depression is one of the
most overlooked disorders. Depression probably exists in about 5 percent of children in
the general population. Children under stress, who experience loss, or who have, learning
or conduct disorders are at a higher risk of depression. Studies show that depression is
more likely to show up in boys than in girls. Depression in men and meal adolescents most
of the time is over looked are misdiagnosed. Men for instance, have higher rates of drug
abuse and violent behavior that do women or young female adolescents do, and some
researchers belie that this behavior masks depression or anxiety (Canetto, 1992; Kessler
al., 1994).

Some Psychologists believe that the reason that young males are more likely to suffer from
depression because of the stigmatism of being a male and being taught by adults that
expressing there feelings are wrong. According to Carol Wade, Travis, Depression (Major
Depression) is a disorder that is sever enough to disrupt a person's ordinary functioning
(Physiology filth edition, 586).


The diagnoses of depression might be the same for adults and adolescents, but the behavior
of depressed children and teenagers differs from the behavior of depressed adults. Child
and adolescent psychiatrists advise parents to be aware of signs in there youngsters such
as persistent sadness, A major change in sleeping and eating patterns and increased
activity or irritability.

Depression is accompanied by physical changes as well. Frequent complaints of physical
illness such as headaches and stomachaches A child who used to play often with friends may
now spend most of the time alone and without interest. Things that were once fun now bring
little joy to the depressed child. Then symptoms could trigger antisocial personality, a
disorder characterized by antisocial behavior such as sealing, lying and sometimes
violence: a lack of social emotions and impulsively.

Children and adolescents and adolescents who are depressed may say they want to be dead or
may talk about suicide. Depressed adolescents may abuse alcohol or other drugs as a way to
feel better. Children and adolescents who cause trouble at home or at school may actually
be depressed but not know it. Because the youngster may not always seem sad, parents and
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