As strange as it sounds children including babies also experience depression. True it manifests itself in children somewhat differently than in an adult. Therefore many parents educators and teachers often do not even know what state the child is in. Oddities in his behavior are attributed to character difficulties improper upbringing and capriciousness. There may be several causal factors for the emergence of depressive dynamics in a child. Let's consider the most basic ones. A significant loss for a child between about one and two years of age actually guarantees some depressive dynamics. A child whose parent suddenly disappears suddenly by virtue of his understanding of the world will always develop the assumption that he himself is bad.
The family atmosphere can be the cause of childhood depression. where there is a negative attitude towards crying or mourning. Many parents model grief denial and insist that the child join the family myth that it is better without the lost object forcing the child to confirm that he does not feel pain. As a result the child's grief becomes hidden. It goes deeper and gradually takes the form of a conviction that something is wrong in your own self. In our subculture it is not customary to take children to funerals to tell the truth about death. Children experience intense non-verbal pressure that comes from an emotionally burdened parent. In many families it is not customary to openly experience grief and taking care of oneself is considered selfishness.
Throughout childhood many parents admonish the child "not to whimper and pull yourself together" despite the fact that that the child's natural regressive responses (returning to their earlier forms of behavior) in response to family problems should not be subject to parental control. Subsequently in adulthood such a child experiences an urgent need to hide from others any traumatic aspects of his life. The strongest causative factor for the onset of depression in a child is character logical depression in parents especially in his early years of development. Children are always deeply concerned about their parents' depression. They feel guilty about the natural demands of their age and come to believe that their needs are draining others.
A depressed mother can only provide supervisory care for her child but emotionally she is not available to the child. Clean well-groomed a nicely dressed child is always perceived positively by others. But at the same time he may be deprived of the emotional warmth of his own parents. Any child develops normally only in those relationships where he is satisfied. It is always necessary to satisfy not a direct but a hidden request of the child. If a child asks his mother to play with him this does not mean that he lacks a partner to play with children always have an imaginary interlocutor. This means that the child needs at the moment it is in his mother's presence. children always have an imaginary interlocutor. This means that the child needs at the moment it is in his mother's presence. children always have an imaginary interlocutor. This means that the child needs at the moment it is in his mother's presence.
The Behavior And Appearance Of A Depressed Child
The behavior of children with depression is always stereotyped. A depressed child has absolutely no interest in life. For an ordinary healthy child this condition is unnatural and abnormal. Childhood depression is easy to recognize. It is expressed in the increasing motor lethargy the child's emotional manifestations decrease there is unreasonable prolonged whining unmotivated crying. At the same time the satisfaction of his desire does not lead to the cessation of whining. The face of a depressed child is usually motionless it is like a frozen mask there is practically no expression on the face. He has a lifeless mannequin face. In older children latent (from 6 to 11 years) and prepubertal (12-13 years) ages a glued smile is on the face.
A kind of half-smile that hides pain fear and shame. Such a smile may be an attempt to induce an adult's affection. If the depression intensifies then the child has a change in posture and gait. He begins to slouch and shake his feet. Parents usually swear at the same time and the child just has sluggish motor skills. When depressed children refuse to go for a walk they are not interested in walking. Depressed children have no desire to go out both alone and with their parents. At night a child with depression has insomnia he just lies awake with his eyes open but usually does not call for any of the parents.
A depressed child often complains of boredom expressing it with the words: "I don't want anything I'm bored I have nothing to do." Older children say: "Nobody plays with me." Pre adolescent children (11-14 years old) usually start talking about their own failure and guilt. A teenager with increasing depression on the contrary shows physical activity anxiety twirls something in his hands constantly moves or shakes his legs. Motor retardation is usually observed in the morning in the evening there is some revival. Sometimes for a long time with depression the child simply demonstrates indifference and indifference in behavior.