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How to Detect Depression and Anxiety among kids

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09 Mar 2017

What used to be a mid-life crisis symptom is increasingly spreading amongst the kids. Its not only disheartening to watch young children falling trap to anxiety disorders, but also frightening to see how many of them are. And the more children I come across, the more confidence I gather in the hypothesis that kids today cannot handle rejection at all. With parents having less and less time, and more and more ways of pleasing kids with toys, assets and gifts, the number of children being susceptible to the negative effects of a No is ever-rising.

How to observe if your child is nearing depression?

– Scared, cranky or generally overwhelmed are visible signs of a kid nearing anxiety disorder.
– Sudden changes in a kid’s interest and habits. For instance, an outgoing kid suddenly choosing to stay home instead of playing with friends
– Continued sadness, low self-esteem or endless whining and crying are major signs of a kid about to embrace depression
– Any act or expression toward self-harm is a red flag. Take it seriously and consult a professional counsellor.

There are no shortcuts or instant solutions to keep your kids away from negativities and activities or people that may influence them adversely. Spend time – real time with the kids to understand what their real needs are, what is affecting them in real life. Simply claiming to be friends with them will not help. Be the friend that you are in your social circle.
Remember, a normal child holds back things unless you ask them about it. A child walking within the folds of anxiety will need to be cajoled even more. Everything has a cure, but nothing works better than prevention.