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Natural Cures for Depression in Children


Natural cures for depression in children are effective only when basic health factors are taken care of. Naturally treating mood disorders commences with the identification of triggers of depression. Learn more about natural cure method of depression in children, read on.


Depression can be experienced by anyone, at any age, so a child suffering from depression is not abnormal.
Depression in children can be caused by a variety of factors and all may not have the same impact on any other kid of the same age and under the same circumstances. This situation is because each individual gets affected due to his or her own relative vulnerability, and thereby the causes are unique to each child suffering from depression. There are parents, counsellors and doctors who believe in the safety and effectiveness of the available treatment options and believe that natural cure is the safest of all.


How Does Natural Cure Commence?

The first stage of treatment consists of the naturopathic physician to set up an informal interview with the child in a friendly environment and listen to his personal experiences in various fields and activities of his life. He tries his best to learn and infer the particular stage or event from where the depression was basically triggered.

Depression symptoms can get manifested due to a particular factor always; be it due to a death in the family, relations issues, with parents, friends, classmates or teachers, or even a condition or environment which is stressful to the child. The associative factors that are also taken into account are:

Nutritional Deficiencies – Lack of adequate folic acid, essential fatty acids in the regular diet, vitamin B and amino acid deficiency are also known to manifest common depression symptoms.

Other Physical Factors – Hormonal imbalances, anaemia and abnormal secretion of thyroxin can also cause depressive symptoms, and bring about rapid mood changes.

So, specific laboratory tests are recommended after a careful physical evaluation and studying the child’s medical history.


First Step for Curing Depression Naturally

It has been found that when the basic health factors are taken care of, the common symptoms can be dealt with much ease. The naturopathic physicians take this aspect quite seriously. They focus on optimising regular and adequate sleep, exercise and physical activity and a balanced diet.

The tendencies of depression are found to significantly fall thereon. The well being of the body plays a great role in the wellbeing of the mind and its myriad moods. So, depending on the environment and the child’s natural health the doctor prescribes certain changes in diet, it is made more nutritive specific apart from introducing a change of style and taste.

A lot of the essential fatty acids are incorporated and so are some botanicals and homeopathy, depending on the child-specific condition. Some lifestyle changes are also suggested.


The Chinese Way of Curing Depression

This is also considered to be a natural cure method for treating depression in children. The traditional Chinese medicine is quite effective as well. “Chi” or “Qi” is considered to be the vital energy that regulates the body. “Shen” or the spirit is intimately related to this Chi. The energy of the body gets accumulated in perceptive organs like the heart and is often regulated by it though emotions.

A change in emotion that manifests itself as depression symptoms can be cured and controlled according to this school of thought by impacting this energy reserve. This is achieved through commanding other associated organs like the stomach and spleen via nutrition and nourishment. So, food choices are suggested along with some Chinese herbal medicines and/or acupuncture.

A healthy lifestyle with adequate physical and mental activity, a positive environment and the desired nutrition, not to forget the essential rest at routine hours can go a long way in naturally treating mood disorders or depression in children.

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