Fri, Mar 31, 2017 | updated 06:00 AM IST

Now, you can monitor mental state of your kids

Updated: Oct 10, 2016 12:56 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct. 10 (ANI): On the occasion of World Mental Health day, here's an insight into the symptoms, causes and treatment of depression in teenage children.

Depression in childhood and adolescence is similar to adult major depressive disorder, though young sufferers may exhibit increased irritability or aggressive and self-destructive behaviour, rather than the all-encompassing sadness associated with adult forms of depression.

Speaking about the general causes of depression, Sreejita Ghosh, counseling psychologist at ePsyclinic.com explained that children and teens whose parents are suffering from depression are more likely to develop the same than the other kids.

Experts believe that both inherited traits (genetics) as well as living with a parent, who is depressed can cause depression.

Depression in children and teens may be linked to stress, social problems and unresolved family conflict.

It can also be linked to traumatic events, such as violence, abuse or neglect.

Certain thinking patterns and coping styles may make some children and teens more likely to develop depression.

Also, the children or teens having long-term or serious medical conditions, learning problems or behaviour problems are more likely to develop depression.

Parental expectations and pressures may also be a reason for adolescent depression.

Ghosh further gives tips for parents to deal with their child's depression.

"Don't freak out: this will surely not help your child. Depression can be successfully resolved with counselling and as long as he/she has supportive parents, the process becomes easier. Read up about depression, the symptoms cause and treatment," she said.

Adding, "The more you know, especially about the treatment options, the more effectively you can advocate for your child in healthcare system."

She emphasized that children tend to hide things from parents that they think will upset them.

Make it clear to your child that nothing they could say is as upsetting to you as being unable to help them because they're afraid to hurt you.

"Going through an episode of depression if already occurred is an opportunity for your child to learn how to cope with problems. And the more we can teach them to solve problems as they grow, the better they'll be able to function successfully and manage life's twists and turns when they become adults," she said.

Citing an case study, Ghosh said, "Gina , a 13-year-old was brought to us at ePsyclinic with complaints of being sad and hopeless, crying spells and bouts of anger, school refusal, inattention in studies and lack of appetite."

"From her parents, we got to know that Gina would not go to school. Every morning, her mother would face a tough time getting her out of bed and ready for school. She would cry, plead to her parents not to send her to school, and sometimes got irritable when her pleas were not met with. At home, she would stare at the TV screen blankly, not really watching anything. She would sit with her books but not study. There had been complaints from her school as well regarding her mindfulness and inattention," she added.

During the sessions, initially Gina would not talk. As she gradually opened up, the experts got to know that they had relocated due to her father's transfer.

The relocation, new school and environment had taken a toll on her adolescent mind.

Assessment showed that she had moderate depression. Her parents felt that she was taking her time to adjust to her new school.

Gina, on the other hand felt that no one in new school liked her, and she refrained from opening up.

Thus she felt alone, and a sense of inferiority grew inside her. Her parents asked her about her new friends every day and encouraged her to mix with other children, mostly she gave avoiding answers. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Mar. 31 (ANI): Tennis elbow is a common problem among sportsperson, caused by the overuse of the hand muscles including arm and forearm.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 31 (ANI): Heart of a deceased civilian of the Indian Airforce in Delhi was flown to Chennai recently, to save life of an old man, who was awaiting a suitable heart for transplantation.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 30 (ANI): A new study has suggested that the use of cannabis may impact treatment in women undergoing methadone treatment therapy.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 30 (ANI): A recent research has shown that dopamine levels fall during the migraine attacks.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 30 (ANI): Making your bones stronger may be as easy as getting injections of peptide, according to a recent study.

Full Story >>

There's a placebo for broken hearts too

Updated: Mar 30, 2017 11:17 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 30 (ANI): Turns out, placebos alleviate not only physical pain, but also emotional one.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 30 (ANI): A team of researchers has come up with a method for measuring free radicals, which are atoms or groups of atoms with unpaired electrons thought to be partly responsible for making smokers sick, and this could help improve the understanding of the relationship between these substances and health.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 30 (ANI): A team of scientists is taking a new tack that could finally yield promising obesity treatments.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 30 (ANI): Determining the cause of an ischemic stroke is critical to prevent a second one and now, a new software-based system has offered hope.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 30 (ANI): Pain of the hospitalized patients can be eased by immersing them in a virtual reality world, according a recent study.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 30 (ANI): A team of researchers has come up with a technique that has made tracing hazardous chemicals from fast-food wrappers in the body possible.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): Expressing her delight over the passing of Mental Healthcare bill in the Lok Sabha, a therapist thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the elected representatives for taking an initiative for people who are struggling with mental issue.

Full Story >>

Washington.D.C. [USA], Mar. 29 (ANI): A study finds that gastric acid suppression drugs increase the risk of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection - which causes diarrhea and life-threatening inflammation of the colon.

Full Story >>

Ranchi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): Health Minister of Jharkhand, Ramchandra Chandravanshi has recently claimed that the state has come a long way from the day when Jharkhand was on 18th number among states as far as their healthcare services were concerned. It now stands third in the country, according to an independent survey.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 28 (ANI): Exposure to fungal product, called aflatoxin, is believed to cause up to 80 percent of liver cancer cases in many parts of the world.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 26 (ANI): Attention dog lovers! With just six months of training, a German Shepherd can accurately detect breast cancer, a study finds.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 26 (ANI): A recent study has found that a sleepless night impairs your ability to interpret subtle expressions of happiness and sadness.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 26 (ANI): When it comes to new moms' workout programs, less is more and so, according to a Kansas State University researcher, new moms may need a bit more flexibility and support to ease back into exercise after giving birth.

Full Story >>

New approach to diagnosing mental disorders

Updated: Mar 26, 2017 10:48 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 26 (ANI): A consortium of psychiatrists and psychologists has proposed a new approach to diagnosing mental disorders.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 26 (ANI): Boosting natural brain opioids may be a better way to treat anxiety, according to a recent study.

Full Story >>