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Kids Get the "Blues" Too!
September 18, 2019

We naturally think a younger child would not likely suffer from the “blues”, but it seems to be part today’s society.

To identify the “blues” in a child, observe what is normal. It is normal for little children to be afraid of strangers and become afraid of the dark or storms as they get older. These fears are progressive as the child develops. As they get older, some kids are afraid of storms or the dark. Some are afraid of monsters under the bed. Or they begin to understand about death. It is a progressive thing, as they develop.

Blue’s Clues

When kids have the blues, they send out different clues. Most parents think that their children are unaware of the family’s problems and the signs from their children’s behavior are often brushed aside as being difficult to manage.

The factors that put children at higher risk for depression are like those experienced by adults, and they can be grouped into three big categories: family history (genetic factors), stress factors, and personality types.

However, this does not mean that when you have any of these three factors, you would experience depression. There are other factors involved, such as coping skills and the presence of social and family support. “Sometimes, children can also get depression although they come from happy environments and families.

Usually a divorce, arguments, or rifts between parents, an occasion where they have been cheated or lied to, or a break-up. When these problems are not resolved, they start to show changes in their behavior – they start to lose interest in playing, develop sleep issues and start acting out

Check out Physical Symptoms

Anxiety and stress are that can affect us in such a physical way – headaches and stomach pains are an example. If something cannot be medically explained, stress and anxiety can be the cause and it is very real. When parents are told that a child’s symptoms come from stress or anxiety, many do not believe it. Parents should not brush these things off.

Other symptoms in children that are different from adults also include increased sensitivity to rejection, vocal outbursts or crying, and physical complaints (headaches, stomach aches) that doctors find have no real physical causes.

Usually, a headache will go away after a while. But if the headache does not go away, and when you bring your child to see a doctor, he can’t find anything that causes it, it could be a sign of depression. However, when a child shows some of these signs, parents do not need to suspect depression right away. Like adults, the symptoms must be there for at least 14 days.

depressed child

Don’t Forget About Bullying

Today, bullying is not just one of those things done face-to-face – cyberbullying is rampant. As parents, we must be on top of that. Children between ages 9 and 11 should not be on Facebook or other social media until they are older – preferably 18.

When the “blues” become abnormal

It is common to hear about teenagers with depression and anxiety today, but preschool and young school children can suffer from depression also. Some studies indicate that as many 2% of these youngsters have symptoms of these “blues”.

Notice if your child starts to avoid certain people, activities or things for some unknown reason. if a child has distress that is constant and persistent, then there may be something going on.

Pay attention to any big change in a child’s sleeping habits – either too much or too little or suddenly wanting to sleep with the parents. If this behavior is a change from the normal, consider it a sign that something is not right.

More than the blues

What if it is more than the “blues”?

If parents think their child is suffering from anxiety or depression, first talk to them. Maybe there is a specific situation causing it. If you have a good, open relationship with your child, you could be surprised how often they may tell you the truth if you just ask.

But if your conversations are not productive, or they don’t want to talk to you about it.  But do not ignore these symptoms. Seek professional help you’re your child’s pediatrician or a school counselor. Just do not let it go on too long.

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