depression or just having a bad time?

A child who seems quiet and unsociable,  who is destructive and challenging may simply be expressing how they feel inside. If misdiagnosed or left for a prolonged period this may lead to depression.   

”Early recognition can protect against long term problems”

Be aware of:

  • Refusing to participate in fun things, not enjoying leisure activities
  • Noticeable weight gain or loss, or a change in eating patterns
  • Struggling to sleep, or sleeping a lot more than usual
  • Expressing negative feelings like sadness, shame or guilt
  • Self harming or destructive behaviours
  • Using negative language which is out of character
  • self isolating, pushing away peers or family members

Speaking to someone is an essential first step in managing your child’s emotions. Make contact with the ME Project, your family GP or social worker.

Your child’s mental health is important, and longer term problems will evolve if depression is left untreated.

Developing healthy habits

There are some simple things you can do to promote a sense of well-being for your child. Support them to develop healthy habits and daily routines such as:

  • Exercising regularly and spending time outdoors
  • Good healthy eating routines and avoiding junk foods
  • Settling into a good sleep routine at night 
  • Joining groups and spending time with peers
  • Reading & enjoying calming activities
  • Being creative through art or crafts
  • Keeping a mood diary and talking about their thoughts and feelings
If you are concerned that your child is having thoughts which may lead to self harming or suicide, it’s even more important that you seek professional help.
 

Contact us for more information and to book a free consultation.

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