How to Help Your Child See There’s a Bright Future
Is your child easily irritable? Does your child tend to put themselves down? Has your child withdrawn from friends? Does your child cry easily and finds it hard to soothe?
If you have answered yes to these questions, your child may be experiencing childhood depression.
What is childhood depression?
It is only natural for children to become sad from time. Depression is more than just sad. It is characterised by children having a negative view of themselves, their world and their future. This resulting in feelings of hopelessness: nothing will ever get better, for instance. One in 35 young Australians aged 4-17 experience a depressive disorder1.
If untreated childhood depression is only likely to worsen affecting both your child’s physical and emotional well-being. Physically, your child is likely to have difficulties concentrating at school, lack energy and motivation, have difficulties sleeping, and lose interest in things that once were enjoyable. Emotionally, your child is likely to see themselves in a negative light, compare themselves to peers and believe they are not worthwhile. Your child is also likely to believe the future is full of gloom. In some instances, children are also likely to contemplate suicide as a way of ending their hurt.
Our Vida Psychologists are specialised in treating childhood depression. Your child will learn about their depression and how it impacts their life. Most importantly your child will learn how not to let it be consuming and feel more empowered.
Call one of our highly trained Vida Psychologists on 9328 3636 to help your child overcome depression.