In today’s Webisode, a licensed social worker gives us 3 signs to look out for when it comes to childhood depression.
In this video you will learn:
- What can cause a child to become depressed
- Indications of depression in children
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Robyn: Hello, and welcome to Pediatric Therapy TV. I’m your host, Robyn
Ackerman, and I’m sitting here today with Ali Wein, a licensed professional
ocial worker. Ali, can you give us three things to look out for
Ali: Absolutely. The main thing we really want to look for is any sort of
deviation from typical behavior. So the first thing we want to note, are
there any changes in eating or sleeping patterns? If your child usually
wakes up really early in the morning and they fall asleep really early at
night, and all of a sudden they’re having a harder time falling asleep at
night and they’re requiring more hours of sleep per evening, this might be
indicative of something greater going on underlyingly.
Additionally, any changes in the eating habits. Are they eating more? Are
they eating less? Are they rapidly gaining and/or losing weight? Things
that aren’t just sporadic, but you’re noticing changes in patterns of
behavior. Another thing we want to look for is disinterest in previously
enjoyed activities. So if your child really loves soccer and can’t wait for
Tuesdays when they get to wake up in the morning and practice with their
soccer team, all of a sudden they’re crying. They don’t want to go. They’re
coming up with excuses because they just don’t want to go to soccer. That
might be indicative of something else going on as well.
Finally, we also want to pay attention to any sort of change in
personality, mood, and affect, affect being the way that we present
ourselves. So if your child is typically really easygoing, calm, relaxed,
and now all of a sudden they’re having trouble communicating, maybe,
they’re a little bit more spaced out and more inattentive, they’re more
easily to get angry and have outbursts, this might also be indicative of
Robyn: All right. Thank you so much for letting us know those three signs.
Thank you to our viewers, and remember, keep on blossoming.
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