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Wilting Roses: Rising Incidence of Depression in Children

Submitted by on September 22, 2013 – 2:34 PM

depressed-childToday’s world takes children for granted, uses them for their own benefits, changes their state of mind from pacific point to stress, then children adapt to what their adults lead them through. Parental depression has a major impact on children, inculcating such feelings in them. There are many causes of depression in which child is involved, example, due to lack of concentration or focus by parents, discouragement, parents’ low income, lack of healthy food, lack of good education and personal issues. Depression saps energy, ultimately activity of brain becomes very weak.

 

As committee member Mareasa Isaacs, PhD, executive director of the nonprofit National Alliance of Multi-Ethnic Behavioral Health Associations, says “Parents care most about their kids and they want to do the right things for their children, so that’s a major motivating factor”. The National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, estimates that in any given year, 7.5 million U.S. parents are depressed and at least 15 million U.S. children live with a parent who has major or severe depression. According to statistics of Pakistan population, depression is increasing day by day where there is no medication or treatment provided to children, which leads to high mental disorder in children as well as adults. The most common mental disorder in the children or parents is depression, the major cause being poverty.

 

WHO estimates that the strongest risk factor for suicide is depression. By 2010, depression will be the number one disability in the world, which leads to commit suicide. The depressed child is showing signs or symptoms of anxiety, psychological and physical illness, etc. The depression compels children to take alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs just to sooth their state of mind,which make the brain more vulnerable as well as cause heart disease, lung cancer, hepatic failures. Hence it’s important to decrease the risk of depression in children to save the world by giving love and smiles to children, because they are the future.

 

About the Author: Razia Fatima Shoro is a student of 2nd year MBBS , Razia at Liaquat Medical University, Pakistan. She can be reached at [email protected]

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