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Did you know that women experience depression about twice as often as men? And that depression can be a disorder at any age? It knows no age barriers.
Dealing with Depression in a Child
My husband and I discovered this when our 7 year old was diagnosed as clinically depressed. After being hospitalized for a week with an anorexia diagnosis, they sent us home with medication for depression. We were told she had a serotonin imbalance and life events had most likely led to her condition. Dealing with depression in a child was not a scenario we had been prepared for.
Her diagnosis came when she was in the 1st grade at a new school, her baby sister was just over a year old, and months after my mom was diagnosed with cancer. It was all just too much for her little body to handle apparently. And, it was more the fact that she wears the weight of the world on her shoulders, and it seemed as though it all came crashing down on her at once. Over Christmas break, she simply stopped eating. Dropped too much weight. And landed in the hospital for a week.
The depression led to other physical ailments such as headaches and chronic constipation. And a bad reaction to her medicine landed even her in a pediatric psychiatric ward for a week after she threatened to kill me and our baby. This was the climax of her disorder and when we knew things had progressed out of control. Over the next several months we would work with a team of 7 doctors, from her pediatrician to a play therapist and a psychologist to get her better utilizing various depression therapies.
Now, 2 years later, she no longer takes any medications. She eats well and all the time. We, as a family, have learned more about depression causes and her personal triggers. Plus, after pulling her out of school and homeschooling her, her chronic constipation is almost 100% gone and she no longer has anxiety attacks. Through therapy and life experiences, she has learned soothing and calming techniques that help to keep her balanced. We can only hope that as he grows into adulthood that her depression will no longer rear its ugly head.
Understanding through research using Lifescript.com, which provides medical information, tips and advice that are all written by professional health writers, experts and physicians, we have learned more about signs and symptoms of depression. For example, people with a family history of depressive disorders tend to be at a higher risk of developing depression. Therefore, we must constantly monitor not only her, but our other children, as well as ourselves.
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