Are there any tips for parents to manage depression in children?
Managing depression requires some changes in the lifestyle of the child. Cases
of depression in children will decline, if parents take effective steps. Read
on these tips for parents.
While studying various cases of depression
in children, it has been observed that the environment plays a big role in
most of them. The environment cannot be changed altogether but it can sure be
bettered and be made more conducive for the growth of the young mind.
Parents can significantly ensure that the child is able to manage
depression by making some simple changes in the lifestyle of the child. Given
below are some tips that will ensure that the child is at a better position to
manage stress and depression.
Make Sure That the Counsellor is Liked by Your Child
Most parents tend to ignore this aspect but it has been observed
that when the counsellor is liked by the patient, the therapy becomes more
effective and faster. For managing depression the help of a counsellor becomes
imperative at times. So see to it that the child is comfortable interacting
with him or her. If the child complains of a certain thing he dislikes in the counsellor,
hear him out and if despite your attempts the comfort quotient is negative,
change the counsellor.
Involve the Teacher in the Depression Management Programme
Whether you are taking the help of a counsellor or trying to help
the child manage depression by your own efforts, make sure that you have a
detailed talk on the child’s condition with his teacher as well.
After home, he spends the maximum of his time in the school. The
teacher ought to be made aware of the declining mood and/or health
of the child and you can also get important inputs regarding behaviour etc.
from the teacher as well as she or he has
been observing the kid from close quarters and noticing his behavioural changes
on different occasions. So analysing and reporting the same to the counsellor
Make Communication Open and Easy
Ensure that the child feels comfortable communicating with you. Be a
patient listener to his thoughts and worries, encourage the child to express
himself. This enhances the natural bond of love that you share, get a hang of
what is exactly troubling the kid and often just talking it out without fear or
apprehension helps in managing depression as the cause in no longer bottled up
inside the little heart.
Make Sure That the Child has Healthy Meals Throughout the Day
Adequate and a balanced diet
can ensure that the daily nutritional requirements are fulfilled. Often
depressive symptoms are found to arise and get acute due to lack of adequate
nutrition, especially the vitamins and essential fatty acids. A regular and
healthy meal will ensure that there is a consistent flow of energy that stems
Check the Sleeping Patterns
Ensure that the child has a proper sleep at regular hours. The
policy of early to bed and early to rise is a tried and tested one. So it is a
good idea to follow it. Too little or too much sleep can cause grogginess,
irritability, lack of concentration and interest in daily activities. Regular
afternoon napping should be best avoided.
Ensure That the Child is Physically Active
Regular physical activity is important for a healthy mind and body.
It also allays the common symptoms of depression. During stress, the body is in
the mode of producing cortisol, the stress-inducing hormones. Regular activity
brings in a fall in cortisol production. Physical activity also helps in the
release of the feel-good hormones endorphins. You can have a daily routine
where the family engages in workout
together or a walk to the park or weekend bicycle rides.
Finally, check your own actions and behaviour as a parent. You
should not practice habits or display behaviours that you do not want your
child to follow. Remember that you are an example for your child and she or he
takes up cues on how to behave or react to situations from you. So make sure
that you are a positive role model.