Doctor insights on:
Chronic Minor Depression In Children
No But Not Rare: Depression in childhood, at least of a severity that requires treatment, is not common (maybe 3-5% of the population). At the same time, this becomes a pretty large numbr when you start looking at groups of children. Also, depression is much more common among certain groups of kids - those with chronic medical illness, or children who have been abused. ...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
Is the lack of attention from parents a definite cause of depression in children, or is that not important?
What do you think, could having a history of minor depression stop you from being able to work with children?
Reflection needed: Doubtful that there is a universal answer for this. This is a personal decision which should be made with careful reflection and may depend on other support, severity of depression, and other risks. Depression can usually be treated with combinations of medication and therapy, but there are also new treatments. Talking to a good psychologist/psychiatrist and exploring the anxiety WB wise. ...Read more
What treatments should I pursue? I have fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel in both wrists, depression and chronic migraines. It is difficult to live day to day. I have problems standing, sitting, laying down, trying to clean my house and taking care of my childr
Exercise: Aerobic exercise will improve blood flow, loosen muscles and joints and improve your mood. Do it to music you like, ideally outside in a pleasant environment. Try swimming, it is low impact, or dancing, or gardening. Make sure you get enough sleep at night and avoid excessive alcohol and tobacco. ...Read more
I have 3 children aged 2, 5, and 8. I am 29 and am in full swing surgical menopause. I live with chronic fatigue, night sweats and every other miserable menopause symptom you can imagine! I have severe clinical depression and anxiety. I have seasonal affe
Unlikely: 29y fem. W. "menopausal" sx's/3 young children has "fatigue, night sweats, depression & anxiety". Ovarian waning unlikely & speculative. Symptoms correlate w. Fibromyalgia, FM. General med exam needed. If no physiologic findings see Rheumatologist. Oft FM symptoms result from primary lumbosacral dysfunction incited by multiple childbirths w. & w/o underlying Hypermobility Syndrome. See Osteopath. ...Read more
But at what cost?: We can't say it couldn't happen. But u might ask the same about a gaping wound: u might decide 2let the wound heal by itself, but if u have access 2any medical care, why take the chance? Depression leaves us feeling like we have no gas in our tank. Everything can feel like too much work. U may feel cranky w/everyone. The future can seem bleak, joyless. "things do not change; we change." - thoreau. ...Read more
Http://www. Childstats. Gov/americaschildren/health4.asp
http://www. Nimh. Nih. Gov/statistics/1mdd_child. Shtml. Sx might differ in children and adolescents. In younger children depression might manifest as somatic complaints (headaches, tummy aches, school- and separation anxiety). In adolesecents, it's more complicated, given their developmental stages (more behavioral acting out, irritability). ...Read more
Common language?: It sounds like your question uses some common language to describe a specific disorder. Depression (really major depression) can be determined to be a single episode (with no prior history of these symptoms). Chronic depression is characterized by multiple episodes or called major depression, recurrent). ...Read more
Feel a little down?: Everyone gets depressed from time to time. It's a human emotion. It happens. But, when a depressed mood lasts for 2 weeks or longer, and is accompanied by loss of interest or pleasure in activities, changes in appetite, weight, sleep, ability to think or concentrate, etc. It might be considered a major depressive disorder. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help as can taking other actions. ...Read more
Seek treatment ASAP:
Medications and therapy have a higher likelihood of improving depression than either one of these treatments alone in adults.
Seeking treatment with a board certified child psychiatrist and possibly, a therapist, if that is his or her recommendation, would be the course of action, and as soon as possible. ...Read more
Depends: It can last from days, to weeks to months or longer. Minor today, major tomorrow. It would depend on the circumstances and the person and the way the person responds to depression and the events leading up to this. Remove the cause and the depression often goes away. Not always though. I would recommend talking to someone. Perhaps you should start with your pcp? ...Read more
A milder form of MDD: Minor depression is a mood disorder that does not meet full criteria for major depressive disorder but in which at least 2 depressive symptoms are present for 2 weeks or more. It is usually quite responsive to psychotherapy interventions. In the diagnostic & statistical manual of mental disorders iv, minor depressive disorder was cited as an example of depressive disorder not otherwise specific. ...Read more
Options: You should a dr. And get accurately diagnosed as some medical illnesses can mimic depression (i.e. Hypothyroidism). Natural treatments for mild depression include exercise, therapy, accupuncture, support groups, herbal supplements (i.e. 5 htp, same or st johns wort), journaling, and vitamins (b complex, vitamin d, omega 3).There is no perfect method. You have to find what works for you. ...Read more
It matters: Inherited biologically driven depression and Bipolar Disorder are different conditions from each other. Situational or minor depression is not something you inherit. The therapeutic approach differs. No two people are alike. Its important to know what you are dealing with. Bipolar disorder comes in degrees as well. Usually this is treated with mood stabilizers with or without antidepressants. ...Read more
Evaluation 1st: We cannot recommend a particular medication for you online. You really deserve a full evaluation with a psychiatrist so that you receive the very best treatment most specific to your symptoms and suffering. Please seek out a psychiatrist in your community who can help you with this. Also your primary care physician can evaluate you for other illnesses which may present as depression. Be well. ...Read more
My son has had chronic, low-grade depression for years, he recently experienced a debilitating episode, what to do?
Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as dysthymia is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more
I get v v angry and aggressive. I want to know how to control this behaviour. Are this signs of depression. Its effecting my children. I love them a lot.
Bless you for recog-: Nizing that parental anger is detrimental to kids. Discipline wirh emotion is ineffective, as positive or negative attention reinforces behavior. See your primary care for referral to a psychiatrist to assess for unipolar or bipolar depression & discuss medical management & to a psychologist for therapy. Family therapy is a good idea, also, a safe way both to apologize & set behavioral limits. ...Read more
Depression remedies: Include exercising, engaging in social interaction & engrossing activities, practicing gratitude, doing kind things for others, learning and practicing stress management, developing and committing to meaningful goals, avoiding negative thinking & negative comparisons with others, and talking to empathic & trusted people. If those aren't enough, talk to a mental health professional. ...Read more