A recent study claims that children who suffer anxiety and depression may be more likely to use ecstasy to relieve their symptoms in later life. This finding could again explain why ecstasy use is thought to lead to later depression, the paper in the British Medical Journal says. 1,580 people over 14 years from childhood to adulthood have been assessed by researchers at Rotterdam’s Erasmus Medical Centre. Long-term exposure to ecstasy may result in an increase in depressive symptoms. And in other studies, this could explain the link that has been found between ecstasy use and later depression.
Scotland is facing a serious problem regarding child depression. Thousands of children are treated for rising patients of depression every year. More detailed research is needed into the dominance and nature of depression among young people. Children of under-18s were developed the tendency of deliberate self-harming by cutting or burning. Depression in young people occurs from a variety of biological, psychological and social factors. Genetic, family discord and discrimination can also be the cause of depression. An epidemiological research says that 1% to 2% of children under the age of 18 will face a depressive disorder each year. And around 6% of young people of the same group can be detected for self-harm at some point in their lives. The statistics of such cases were described as “just the tip of the iceberg” by a leading child psychiatry expert.
The symptoms of depression vary from child to adult and from boys to girls. About three million youngsters experience the depression. Transition to middle schools and from middle to higher institutions creates difficult time for many of them. At the same time, to identify the symptom in those kids are very complicated. They feel bad-tempered. They sleep more and eat more while in depressive mood. Boys usually fight while girls have a tendency to internalize their depression that results in eating disorders or self-harm. Girls, during the teen years and boys tend to go through it earlier thinning off by age 15. Parents should pay attention to changes, such as dipping grades, inactivity, high-risk behaviors and changes in sleep, mood or weight.
A study denying to prescribe antidepressants to children has an allusion to the article, ‘Shut up and take your pills’. Both studies strictly deny the use of Prozac or Praxil for moderate-to-severe or psychotic depression. In the first place, child depression needs to be wisely tackled by parents via advice, spending more time with children, regulating diet, and controlling anxiety and methods of improving sleep. Secondly, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence confirms regulatory advice on antidepressants, which should be carefully considered for administering children if they do not recover from depression even after four to six sessions. But they suggest a change in the psychotic therapy instead of shifting the domain of treatment to antidepressants.