Friday, March 9, 2012

Treat Depression as early as now

Depression could never be a good feeling. You feel down, upset, alone and unloved when the truth is a bunch of people is there to love you. Yet, the truth is always overshadowed by depression as you think you are in dark room left with nothing.

One should not take for granted or deny depression as it is important to obtain medications and treatments right at the time it started. Being informed and becoming aware with this kind of mental disorder are very essential as they are the best means to treat the illness.

Learn the parameters of depression. It is really vital to determine if your sorrow is just a mere sadness or depression already. Be knowledgeable with the symptoms. The level of the illness must be determined as there are different levels of medication which depend on its severity. When depression is already serious, then rigorous medications are needed.

Acquire social support.  You cannot prevent judgments and criticisms by the time you admit that you are in a serious mode of depression. People are judgmental. But, you still need to get some social support to the ones you trust. Increase and tighten your ties to your family and most trusted friends. Through this, they are able to assist you and take you away from the illness. Talk to them. There is no harm from asking help from others.

Be patient with treatment and medications. Taking the illness away takes time to be processed. It cannot be obtained with just a snap. Recovery would run smoothly if you do not rush things.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Is your child depressed?

No one is exempted with the mental disorder known as depression. With the kind of environment we are into right now, we are most likely being affected with the events and get depressed. Children who are still naïve with the real world get depressed, too. It is not exclusive for adults who are undergoing heartbreak, dilemma, social problem and the like.

It is important to determine whether your child is depressed or not because there are cases that children lead to committing suicide due to this mental disorder.

It is normal for majority of teenagers as well as children to feel upset sometimes.

In addition, it is significant to know the symptoms of a depressed child such as:
  • Being sad, irritable and hopeless.
  • Being anti-social.
  • Becomes too much sensitive.
  • Lose interest in extracurricular activities like playing and going to school.
  • Poor academic performance.
  • Low energy.
  • Sudden change of eating habit (may eat more or less).
  • Change in sleeping routine (excessive sleep or sleeplessness).
  • Problem with paying attention and concentration.
  • May often thought of negative things such as hurting oneself.

According to WebMD, 2.5 percent children in the United States experience depression which is more usual than boys with the age bracket of 10 years old and below. As for the age bracket of 16 years old and above, girls have more tendency of being depressed.

However, boys are likely to kill themselves during suicide attempt while girls are more liable to try suicide.

Children whose family history had abuse of alcohol and drugs, sexual or physical abuse and violence are at bigger possibilities to commit suicide when depressed.