Can your depression affect your Child’s Health?

These days’ most of the schools are facing challenges with many children those are unable to meet the basic day-to-day needs i.e. sitting postures, paying attention to class work/activities, not controlling their behavior, arguing with classmates and teachers etc. Many schools have designed special education programs for these kinds of children to overcome these issues.

The number of child depression is rising at an alarming rate. At the same time, the incidence of clinical depression among adults (including parents) is almost epidemic and continues to rise. As per research approx 20% of the population meets the criteria for some form of depression. This is not the temporarily feeling which people suffers from and it doesn’t go away its own without treating it.  Every fifth person is suffering from some sort of depression.

Childhood depression symptoms are different from everyday emotions that appear as child grows. It’s not necessary if your child seems sad; he or she is suffering from depression. If the sadness becomes persistent or if this disruptive behavior that interferes with normal social activities, school work, interests or family life, it may indicate that the child has a serious depressive illness. But you should keep in mind that while depression is a serious illness, still it a treatable one.
Depression cure is possible if one understand the connection between adult depression and children’s behavior.

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Can your depression affect your Child’s Health?

There are various ways through which parents can identify the depressions symptoms in their children and can plan the depression treatment accordingly.

The symptoms of parent’s depression in their children may include:

  1. Feeling of sadness
  2. Feeling hopelessness
  3. Loss of interest in activities
  4. Felling low energy, irritability, poor performance in school
  5. Unexpected tantrums, change in appetite
  6. Changes in sleeping habits etc.

The syndrome of depressed parents:

  1. Uninterested in life and social activities
  2. Low energy
  3. Prefer to spend time alone
  4. In cases of depressed mother, they tend to be less responsive, less organized, most of the time express negative emotions, and less likely to be engaged with their children etc.

Impact of Parental Depression on their Children
It is very much true that our depression affects our child’s health in many ways. Most of the time a good child therapist knows the reason of a strange behavior of the children as the parent’s depression leaves a bad impact on child’s health. Children of depressed parents show significant reductions in personal and academic grooming, parent’s depression adversely affect overall child’s development in almost all aspects.

It is a parent’s duty to pay attention towards their child and understand their behavior. Though time to time attention is required throughout the life, but especially when your child is growing it needed the most. Parent’s depression may leave a very bad impact on child’s health, therefore it is advisable to look after your child and listen to them whenever you see them depressed. You are also required to observe the symptoms of depression in your child and consult to a health care professional if you find anything serious.

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Ask for special health tips and health supplements which can work best for the development of your child’s health. Child depression can be cured with the right treatment and with parent’s support as the parent have the energy to pay attention, to set limits, to be firm and consistent and their (parents) action work tremendously amazing to improve their child’s behavior.

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Max Jones

A compulsive reader and a writer with a diploma in nutrition and diet. In my free time I love to explore my city while I promote pedal-biking.

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