November 29, 2011

Symptoms of Childhood Depression

child stressChildhood depression comes with its own unique symptoms that are both similar and different than the presentation of depression in adults. Although it can be more difficult to diagnose depression in children as children are often not aware of how to effectively display their feelings and emotions there are many signs and symptoms that parents and other caregivers can watch for to reduce the implications of depression and reduce the symptoms that are associated with the diagnosis.

Some of the common symptoms of childhood depression include:

- Irritability is one of the most common signs of depression in children, especially if there is little cause for the irritability and a sudden onset. The child may begin to lash out at the parents, at school or at their siblings. This is often one of the first signs that can be noticed and is often noticed when this is out of character for the child suffering from depression.

- A loss of interest in the activities that the child usually enjoys or takes part in. This loss of interest may occur suddenly and can be an indication of depression when combined with other symptoms that are associated with depression.

- A change in the attitude of the child. This change often occurs suddenly and can be associated with some of the triggers or risk factors that are associated with childhood depression.

- Changes in the weight of the child. This can often be indicated in the increase or the decrease of the weight of the child and can indicate a mood problem or disorder within the child, including depression.

It is important to recognize the symptoms of childhood depression but it is also important to be aware of the risk factors that are inherent with childhood depression. Here are some of the risk factors that can trigger the symptoms of depression in childhood:

- The death of a parent can be a trigger for depression in a child as they are unsure about how to effectively deal with the feelings of grief that can come about through the situation.

- Emotional turmoil through the education system or through clubs or groups that the child is participating in.

- A low self worth or a low self esteem can leave a child vulnerable to developing childhood depression.

It is important to realize that there are a variety of treatment options that are available for childhood depression. Here are some of the common treatments that are associated with childhood depression:

Medical treatments are a common suggestion for children that are suffering from depression. In many cases, the dosages of hormones within the medications are able to regulate the body and therefore the symptoms of the depression can often become reduced.

Behavior therapy and talk therapy are two of the most common treatments for depression in children as well as depression through adolescence. Through these types of therapy which can potentially decrease the need for medications to treat the depression the patient is able to talk through the anxiety and depression and learn valuable coping methods that can be used through depression.

Signs of Depression Women

depression womenMore than twelve million women per year are diagnosed with signs and symptoms of depression. Aside from the general and initial sadness which is associated with depression, there are a variety of other symptoms that are associated with depression. More women than men are diagnosed with depression every single year.

There are many causes that have been associated with depression. For this reason, it is important to determine the cause of the depression while developing the treatment plan. Determining the cause of the depression can help to ensure that the right treatments are chosen, but can also help to determine that the right choices are made in the lifestyle to encourage a cure or the management of symptoms. Many times, the triggers can be discovered through therapy and the woman that is suffering from the depression can remove or reduce these triggers within the lifestyle.

As well as causes of depression, there are a variety of risk factors that have been attributed to the development of depression. Some of the common risk factors include:

Drastic changes in hormones including through the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and post partum as well as through menopause

- A family history of depression

Constant stressors within the lifestyle

Loss (physical as well as personal loss) It is important to remember that there are a variety of changes in the lifestyle which are considered losses, whether financial losses, loss of employment as well as the loss of a friend or family member

There are many signs that are associated with depression. Recognizing the signs that are associated with depression can be the most effective way to ensure that you are able to seek professional help once it comes time to realize a diagnosis.

Here are some of the signs and symptoms that are associated with depression:

Lack of energy

- Lack of enjoyment in regular activities

- Difficulty concentrating

Changes in sleeping patterns

Changes in appetite

Feelings of guilt or worthlessness

What should you do in the case that you feel you have more than two of these common symptoms that are associated with depression? In the case that you feel you have multiple symptoms that are associated with depression it is important to ensure that you are able to

There are many treatment options that are available for those suffering from depression. One of the most common treatment options that are used is medications which are able to regulate the hormones within the body that are imbalanced. Most often, once the hormones within the body are balanced the symptoms that are associated with depression can often be reduced.

Aside from medications which can be used to reduce the symptoms that are associated with depression, there are behavioral treatments and therapies with a psychiatrist that are used to reduce the symptoms and often cure the symptoms of depression completely. Through these types of alternative therapies there are often multiple successes which can be seen and therefore more and more women are choosing to use these alternative therapies rather than relying on medication once the diagnosis of depression has been made.

Pregnancy and Depression

pregnancy-depressionThe relationship between pregnancy and depression is not uncommon, as it can affect up to twenty percent of women. There are many feelings that can arise through pregnancy which can worsen the symptoms that are often associated with depression.

With the increase in hormones in the body that come with pregnancy, there are often associations with deeper aspects of the feelings and therefore women are often torn between feelings of overwhelming job, stress about how they are going to care for the child and fear of the unknown if this is their first child.

There are certain complications that can arise from the medications which are used to treat depression, through pregnancy and therefore many women are forced to stop the medications through the pregnancy and therefore it can be even more difficult to manage the symptoms that are associated with the diagnosis of depression. Unfortunately, because of this reason, medication is not always an option during pregnancy and therefore the woman must manage other treatments which can include therapy, behavior therapy and other related options. Although these sometimes are not as effective in managing the depression, they are sometimes the only route to ensure that medications that may harm the unborn child are avoided.

What are some of the symptoms that are associated with depression and pregnancy? Some of the symptoms that are associated with depression through pregnancy include sleeping too much, or sleeping too little throughout the duration of the pregnancy, as well as having a loss of appetite through the pregnancy or consuming too much food throughout the duration of the pregnancy. Finding that you have a loss of interest through activities that you have enjoyed in the past, as well as a persistent sadness or thoughts of hurting yourself or suicide.

There are many triggers that can cause the depression to worsen through pregnancy. The fear of raising the child or fear that there may be complications that can develop through the pregnancy can often contribute to the triggers of depression in expectant mothers. Using a close knit support system, through the close friends and family members, or even through the use of support groups or groups which can be found on the internet are effective ways to deal with the triggers of depression and even the symptoms of depression throughout the pregnancy.

Although it is important to have a close knit support group to rely on, there are many alternative therapies that can be used throughout pregnancy that provide an alternative to traditional medical treatment. Some of these therapies include light therapy to increase the mood or treatments which are natural and can reduce the symptoms that are associated with depression.

In some cases, medication must be used to fight the symptoms of depression in the mother to allow for a healthy pregnancy. There are some medications that have been developed that doctors prescribe for pregnant women, and speaking with your health care professional can lead you in the right direction to finding treatment for depression through pregnancy to ensure that you are able to have a safe and happy pregnancy.