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Causes Of Childhood Depression
Not a cause: Deficiency of any kind is not known to be a cause of schizophrenia (a brain disorder). The precise cause of schizophrenia is unknown. Some researchers suspect that environmental factors may increase the risk of triggering schizophrenia. Viruses, toxins or malnutrition while in the womb, stressful life circumstances, and taking psychoactive drugs during adolescence are also being studied, e.g. ...Read more
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
Teen depression: Teen depression can occur as a result of genetics, long standing pessimism, trauma, self-esteem difficulties and an overall negative view of self, the world and the future.cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness may help improve / resolve these difficulties. Assistance from family is also very important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Officially? None.: It is not in the dsm. I'm glad, but some think it should be and that the symptoms are similar to adult but are marked by more rapid mood swings, hyperactivity and irritability. The highs and lows are intense and can be dangerous. These symptoms must also cause significant distress in the child, occur in more than just one setting -at school and at home- and last for at least 2 weeks. ...Read more
Genes & Environment: Complex process: research suggests that part i of gad is a heritable, but nonspecific tendency to manifest an emotional disorder. However, a psychological vulnerability, stress due to life events, the process of anxiety across multiple domains are also required for worry to be the predominant coping mechanism. See barlow (2002) anxiety and is disorders for a beautiful, research supported overview. ...Read more
Is it possible for childhood traumas to cause some delayed forms of depression and mental illness?
Possible: I is possible for people to block traumas from their past including from their childhood especially if they have been abusing alcohol or drugs. This is possible even if the don't abuse either of these. Traumas that happen early in childhood can be quite difficult to deal with and often require help from an experienced therapist. ...Read more
With help: It is very very hard to recover from any abuse, especially as a child. Please seek professional help and not feel ashamed. ...Read more
Multiple: Risk for developing depression & anxiety may involve the combination of multiple genes with environmental and other factors. Family history of depression & anxiety is commonly found with women w/these disorders, but isn't a hard or fast rule. Losing a parent before age 10, hormonal changes throughout life, current losses, medical illnesses, & life & relationship stresses all can contribute. ...Read more
Mental illness?: What do you mean by "mental illness"? Schizophrenia? Bipolar disorder? Please define your terms. Strokes cause COGNITIVE deficits which vary depending on affected hemisphere. They can cause personality changes but this is rare. They can cause psychosis but this is ALWAYS transient (hours or days). They can definitely cause mood changes (depression or euphoria) but that's not really "illness." ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Therapy Works: Psychotherapy is not magic, but it is effective in helping the individual to discover the emotional, cognitive, and environmental factors that are impacting their life. Finding a qualified psychologist whom you can establish rapport will help you discern what changes will best equip you to manage your depression. The causes are too many to list, and possibly yet to be discovered, but therapy works. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: In the past few decades, studies have used MRI to track the neurobiological effects that multiple traumas can have on normal childhood development (i.e. Van der kolk, 2005, "developmental trauma disorder"). If left untreated, these traumatic experiences can have lasting effects on mental health, including depression and anxiety. The good news is that these conditions are highly treatable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Childhood onset of: Schizophrenia is rare & is the same condition that occurs in adulthood. Symptoms include hallucinations; delusions (fixed false beliefs); irrational behavior & thinking; & problems carrying out routine daily tasks. Early diagnosis via proper psychiatric & psychological evaluation is necessary to develop appropriate individualized treatment plan to achieve best function. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Genetics and injury: The most serious forms of mr typically have genetic causes are result for intrauterine trauma ( e.g., viral infections) or head injury after birth. Many syndromes have been identified that are associated with these levels of severity, but most remain undetermined. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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