Identifying the causes of stress and depression in children is the main
aspect for treatment of depression. Learn about the primary signs of
depression. Treating depression early prevents irreparable damage to the
Depression in children can be caused due to variety of factors.
These days depression has become so common that it helps if the causes of
stress and depression are identified at the onset. Not only can they be then
effectively prevented but cured as well and in time. Given below are some of
the common causes of depression
Problems at Home
If there is a general
sense of discomfort at home, it can lead to stress and depression in the child.
The home is supposed to be safe and secure haven where the members ought to
feel peace and happiness. The feeling of relaxation vanishes when there is a
negative environment of unrest or argument between parents or other members at
home. A happy home is more likely to have a stress-free kid.
Divorce of Parents
When the parents
split up, the child is likely to feel depressed. There is an emotional
turmoil and a feeling of sadness. Often kids try to act mature and control
their outbursts or feelings but the suffering is unavoidable and gets
manifested through various depressive symptoms. Sometimes the kid ends up
blaming themselves for the breakup and it is most unfortunate part. One needs
to understand that a weekend visit by the missing parent or a box of goodies
does not suffice when the kid misses a whole family.
If the Parents are Depressed
plays a large part in causing depression. If the parents or parent is
depressed, the child can seldom feel happy. Every occasion when the child
witnesses the parent being upset should be carefully and consciously reduced.
Love, understanding and praise are required by kid for a healthy atmosphere.
Violence and Sexual Abuse
factors that may not be brought to light very easily. Both are serious trauma
for an innocent mind which is fully not aware of the world. They can cause
irreparable damage to the child’s psyche and harm his persona like no other.
Treating depression caused by these factors are the most difficult to treat. So
parents must take note that the safety cocoon of the family is protected at
Death in Family
Death in the family is
hard to deal for anyone and the child is surely most vulnerable with the
‘permanent’ absence of a near or dear one. This is when one needs to
communicate with the child all the more and discuss the situation. See to it
that the child does not become emotionally withdrawn and show disinterest in
activity or food, as these are primary signs of depression.
Sibling or Peer Rivalry
parents promote sibling
rivalry with an idea that this will perhaps encourage both the kids to
perform even better. But nothing can be more unfortunate than this. Siblings
are blood relations and should be reared with love and mutual understanding. So
love between siblings should only be promoted. After all this will enhance the
bond and foster better understanding. They can each stand as emotional support
to the other when in need. So parents need to be and act fair and avoid
Expectation of Parents
The child should
be correctly guided, corrected and encouraged to perform well. But do not place
unrealistic expectations on the little one. Do not add to the stress,
allow them a relaxed childhood. Neither should children be pushed to any
activity like say a certain game or learning art or music, if the child
naturally disinterested in it. It will only cause stress in him.
Feeling of Embarrassment
no point of time should the child be made to feel embarrassed about anything,
be it his look, his family status, his performance or may be even his name!
Embarrassment can render a very negative impact on the child. He is likely to
become socially withdrawn and refrain from expressing himself. He tends to be
live under constant fear and apprehension. Neither should he be made to feel
guilty. If he commits a mistake, explain to him why the action should be
considered as a mistake and help him understand the point.
Lack of Attention
This is a cause for
depression as well. The child wants to be acknowledged and appreciated for his
activities, progress, efforts and achievements. This boosts his elf worth and
even an occasional praise for no real reason can also encourage him to be
disciplined and improve performance.
The point to note in this regards is that not all factors that cause
stress or depression are negative like death or bad environment, etc. any
factor that puts high demand on the child can be stressful. More than the
factor, it is the perception of the factor that causes the stress.