Kirstin Fawcett's Coping With Childhood Depression

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A mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thinking, behavior, energy or emotion that make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life. Depression is one type of mental illness. Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities; Causing significant impairment in daily life. Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in America. Affecting almost 7% (more than 16 million) of American each year. Depression can pass to anyone at any age. Most people with depression will not seek treatment. Because they do not believe it's severe enough. Depression should be taken seriously. People should check for depression
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Many people believe depression is only diagnosed in adolescents and adults. Kids don't fully realize life stressors to experience anything more than sadness. It's hard to believe they can be depressed. Approximately five to eight percent of children and adolescents suffer from depression. Parents might want to wait for their kid to "snap out of" or "outgrow" their depression. A child who experiences depression has at least a fifty percent chance of experiencing another episode in their life. Childhood depression is just as serious as adult depression. Kids who can talk will express negative thoughts. Those who can't exhibit temperamental or reactive behavior. Kids might lack the vocabulary to explain what's going on in his or her head. Some symptoms to look out for, a loss of appetite, sleeping too much or too little, withdrawing from the world. Kids with depression might not appear sad to others or be able to tell you they feel down. They might act more irritable and angry than normal. A lot of kids will feel guilty about everything. They'll feel guilty they're not having fun, or that they're not doing anything. One of the risk factors is a family history of mental illness. Kids who experience a major life change, such as a move, death or divorce are at risk factors for depression. If the child has depression cognitive behavioral should be a first-line method of …show more content…
Symptoms of depression include low self-esteem, loss of interest in activities and problems with sleep. School counselors and clinicians have encountered a rise in depression. More than three million adolescents aged twelve- seventeen reported having a depressive episode in the past year.(Kirstin Fawcett) More than thirty percent of high school students there reporting feelings of hopelessness and sadness lasting two weeks or more. Kids are at increased risk of depression when faced with conditions such as single-parent homes, community violence, or cyberbullying. The most common risk for depression is being female. Adolescent girls may be more exposed to risk factors then boys are. Cyberbullying is far more common among girls than boys Technology and online bullying are affecting kids' mental health. The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending depression screening for people ages eleven through twenty-one. This may be the right step to better identifying kids who are suffering and getting them treatment. There’s been a significant increase in the percentage of young people aged twelve- twenty who have reported having a depressive episode. Symptoms of depression include low self-esteem, loss of interest in activities and problems with sleep. School counselors and clinicians have seen a rise in depression. More than three million