Depression in children or childhood
depression can be very risky as it may lead to suicidal tendencies. Read on to
know more about the risk factors and warning signs associated with depression
Depression can lead to suicidal tendencies.
Depression can be tackled easily if the symptoms can be identified beforehand.
Identifying the suicidal tendencies by the warning signs can prevent suicides
and also help in tackling with depression in children. Read on to know more.
With mounting stress
levels, anxiety, competition and unlikely changes children today, are facing
the risk of depression. Family problems,
loss at school, low school performance, new school, making new friends, onset
of puberty etc, are some of the reasons of depression
Depression if serious can lead to suicidal
tendencies. An increase in the number of
children and teen suicide cases is alarming. Research proves that suicide
deaths are the fourth cause of death among children between 10-14 years and the
third cause of death among youth between 10-19 years.
Depression is the main cause for suicide in
children. The child could be depressed about anything happening in his
life. Facing parent’s
divorce or death, low school performance, loss in play, losing friends or a
long going health problem etc, are some of the factors causing depression in
A depressed child will exhibit certain
symptoms in the form of changing behavioural patterns, irritation, lack of
motivation and concentration, fatigue and lack of interest and pleasure. Self
harm could also be a possible symptom which increases the risk of suicide.
Factors Instigating Child on Attempting Suicide
Children could be at a higher risk for depression and
suicide due to the following reasons:
- Constant exposure to extreme violence
- Previously diagnosed with
- Presence of guns and other
weapons at home
- Family history of suicide
- Excessive mental and physical
of a loved one
- Poor relationships with friends
and family, social isolation
On the other hand, it is important to know
that suicide is one of most uncommon symptoms of depression. Not every child
who suffers from depression has suicidal thoughts or commits suicide. Moreover, not every child experiencing
suicidal thoughts is depressed. Also, it is not necessary that all children
having suicidal thoughts will attempt it. However, suicidal thoughts are a
serious matter, hence, it is crucial to keep a track of the warning signs.
Suicide Warning Signs
Children having suicidal thoughts exhibit a number of suicidal symptoms like:
These are some of the serious warning signs of suicide in depressed children. Such children should not be left alone as they are very much prone to harming themselves. It is very important to take a quick action and seek immediate medical help as suicidal thoughts can be lethal. Professional intervention will help the child recover suicidal tendencies effectively.
- Reckless and careless behaviour
- Frequently talking about death and dying and expressing their feelings of being dead
- Drastic changes in thought formation and personal appearance
- Abstaining from friends and family and showing an excessive lack of interest and concern in doing their favourites things and taking part in activities.
- Giving away all favourite an important things like toys, prized possessions,
- Expressing feelings of despair and misery
- Prior suicidal behaviour and obsession with death
- Escaping from home
- Behaves in an aggressive and violent manner
- Planning suicide or writing suicide notes
- Signs of hallucinations
- Inattentive and lost in his or her own world
- Problem in thinking clearly
- Sudden mood swings from being overtly happy at a point of time to be overtly depressed
- Injuries like cuts, bruises, marks on the body