Helping your child work through their depression
As parents, you naturally try to do everything you can to ensure that your child is healthy and happy. However, it might be difficult to know how to handle things if your child begins to suffer from depression. Unfortunately, you can do all of the major things well as a parent and still have a chronically depressed child who is suffering. There are a whole host of reasons that this could be happening. Sometimes the depression is a direct result of something that has happened to the child and sometimes, it can occur by itself. The most important thing to remember is that depression is not a choice, it is a diagnosable medical condition. Therefore, it is important to seek professional help for your child when they are suffering from depression that lasts for more than a few days as opposed to telling them to deal with it or choose not to give in to it.
Parents who tell their depressed child things like this probably have good intentions. In most cases, they simply don’t know what else to say. Unfortunately, there is a stigma associated with depression or any other mental condition, making many people want to simply sweep it under the rug and pretend that it doesn’t exist. This is the worst thing that you can do for your child. If they are suffering from chronic depression as a child or a teenager, there is every chance that the condition will only become more severe as they grow into adulthood. Refraining from getting effective treatment early on can essentially relegate them to a life where they are unable to fulfill their potential or live out their dreams, all because they are basically paralyzed by their depression.
Make no mistake about it, everyone gets depressed from time to time. If your child is only depressed for a couple of days and snaps out of it, you probably don’t have anything to worry about. If the situation lasts, it is time to visit your pediatrician and get a recommendation regarding how to proceed from there. It is equally important that you let your child know that he or she can always talk to you, no matter what the situation. Keeping an open line of communication is vitally important. Remember that you are there to help your child work through their depression, not to withdraw from the rest of the world.