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Depression in Children

Depression in children is often overlooked. While it is difficult to pinpoint the signs and symptoms of depression in children, often times, children will give clear indications that something is not normal for them. Pay attention to those moments of isolation, frustrations, crying spells and temper tantrums. These consistent types of behaviors can stem from a very serious and overlooked issue of depression. The truth is, depression can be masked with many facets of personality that could seem normal on the surface of a child that is developing. After all, childhood development is not simple and to the point. The developmental phase of each child varies in a variety of complexed ways from personality to individuality. These types of changes are difficult for parents to cope with and even for professionals to succinctly identify.  Have frequent talks with your children or a child. Encourage all children and make them feel special because they are.  It is our responsibility to let children know that they are capable of loving. Explain to them the reality of love. That is to say; when love is given, sometimes others that are not so loving will not reciprocate the love given. Be an active listener by promoting doors that your child or a child can communicate through. 

 

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