This happens only in women, and not men. Depression and anxiety disorders in a girl child may increase her risk of obesity during adulthood! The study, by a team of researchers led by Sarah E. Anderson, M.S., from Tufts University, was carried out on a group of 820 people – 403 women and 417 men – who were assessed four times between 1983 and 2003. The participants ranged in age from 9 to 18 years at the beginning of the study, and were 28 to 40 years old at the most recent assessment. The association between anxiety disorders and depression and weight gain from childhood into adulthood are evaluated by the researchers.
Want your child stay away from depression? Then you keep out of it! Treating a mother’s depression can help prevent depression and anxiety disorders in her child, researchers say they have shown this for the first time. This finding will surely have potentially big public health implications. It is with a strong genetic component, depression runs in families. But, environmental factors can trigger depression too. For children of depressed mothers, the study results indicate that trigger is sometimes their mothers’ illness acting up! Lead author Myrna Weissman, a researcher at Columbia University and New York Psychiatric Institute believes this. According to the researchers, effective treatment for mothers could mean their children might avoid the need for prescription antidepressants.
As the experts say about persons with mental sickness problem, usually it starts by the age of fifteen in about fifty percent of the patients. However, here is a news about child depression when the age was under fifteen. An eight year old boy hanged himself in his home at Blount County. The news has shocked the parents as well as medical experts too. Harrington, the executive director of the Mental Health Association, says that although childhood suicide is possible but is exceptionally rare. Childhood depression is an unfortunate occurrence and it often goes unnoticed. He further advices the parents to notice any exceptional behavior of their kids. The child depression is very much curable and do try always to find the symptoms as soon as possible.
According to a Finnish study, depressed kids are more likely to become smokers in adult age. The Finnish study is first of its kind to establish a link between childhood depression and adult smoking. The study was presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting, in Toronto. The researchers now want to identify childhood conditions that force child to develop this damaging behavior. Further, the researchers have concluded that boys with extra-emotional behavior at age eight are ten percent less prone to smoke. Earlier a Duke University study had published a report last year on the cause of smoking habits. It found that children, who suffer attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, were more probable to smoke as young adults.
Childhood depression may lead you to develop smoking habits in future. According to Dr. Solja Niemela of the University of Turku in Finland, one of the researchers, childhood depression may lead to the twenty per cent increased risk of being a habitual smoker. It may also lead to forty per cent increased risk of becoming a heavy tobacco user by the age of 18. The researchers has affirmed following the study that childhood hyperactivity and conduct problems are the two factors which are well known linked with adult smoking. However, this study is among the first to disclose link between childhood depressive symptoms and subsequent smoking.
What do you do when you see your child is feeling low frequently and is oblivious to the excitement around her? Do you brush it off and think it is normal for kids to have mood swings? It’s time you don’t ignore the child and check if any symptoms of depression. If you thought depression hits only the adults, think again and childhood depression is as serious as adult depression. Statistics reveal shocking facts. One in thirty three children and one in eight teens suffer from blues. If unchecked this could pose to be a mammoth problem in the coming days. What causes childhood depression? Children are very sensitive and a significant change in their life could upset them. Divorce among parents, death of a loved one or their pets, change of residence to a new location, tantrums from peer group, inability to live up to the expectations of parents could be some of the reasons that drive kids into a feeling of guilt and hopelessness. What can you do as a parent? It’s hard for parents to see normally cheerful children withdraw into a cocoon all of a sudden. It’s important for parents to recognize the symptoms of depression and spend time with the child and find out the reasons. Reassure the kid that she is not responsible of things that are not in her control and you are by her side to help her get out of the blues. In case the symptoms are worse, it’s better to consult a professional before things go out of hand. Kids spread so much cheer around and it’s sad to see more children going blue these days. Identifying the root cause and dealing it with love could surely help children see the world in psychedelic colors again.