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Depression in children and teenagers

Depression does not only affect adults. Children and teenagers can get depressed too, same like adults, the important thing is to understand and to be aware of that.

I can say about myself that when I was 14 years old I felt really depressed for about a year, there was some changes in my life I had to embrace. I did not knew that was depression but I can identify it now by the symptoms I experienced.

Here are some examples of depression I also experienced

Signs of depression in teenagers
  • sadness, or a low mood that does not go away
  • being irritable or grumpy all the time
  • not being interested in things they used to enjoy
  • feeling tired and exhausted a lot of the time
  • refusing to eat, shower themselves or clean their room
  • Aggressive
  • Refusing to go to school; look at the changes in performances at school

Sometimes is tricky for parents to identify the signs of depression, but if you see any changes in your child just talk with and find the right help, is important for kids to have someone on their side. Like I had no one to help me, even though there was my teachers, social worker, some friends, but I still felt alone and discouraged. Dad became an alcoholic and my Mamma left the home, and I started the High School with no support from parents, God, is so hard and depressive. But you, yes you the one who reads this post you can help a child by showing support.

Let’s talk about young children, it’s hard to hear for them words like ( I am angry, upset, sad, you know, words that describes feelings). But you can see changes in their behaviour, in this way they telling you that something might be wrong and they are feeling depressed.

Signs of depression for 3-5 years old

  • They might not be interested in the activities
  • They might have problems sleeping
  • irritable ;social withdrawal
  • decreased appetite

If you’re a believer in God, you know that praying is weapon we can use all the time! Pray for your child and know that every person can go through depression, but God is there to help and He knows our problems!

ISAIAH 41:10 DEUTERONOMY 31:8

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THE JOY OF SADNESS

Few years ago, Lady N had so much sadness in her heart that every day and night she planned her suicidal note for the one, two people still believing, loving her. For about a month she could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. Her sadness turned into depression. Being depressed is the worst nightmare. Nobody can take the depression away, is just between you and GOD.

Sadness is a normal human emotion that everyone feels once in a while. Like I said, sadness is a reaction to a loss, disappointment, problems in your family, financial struggle, a sick kid, etc. But the depression is a mental health that affects all your life aspects, is much deeper.

How can we involve God, when we are sad, depressed?

The Lady in our example, gave us her story.

”I was going through so much in my life back then, family issues, financial broken, my job offered me a low income, I had to study and to work, and the love chapter was there but not really, actually I felt unloved and I had no one to listen to me or support me, there was a lot of fake people in my life, and still they are.

I was a Christian, went to Church every week, listen to God’s word, but still my heart was not fulfilled. I knew something was missing from my life, I was looking at the people around me they looked happy, they had a nice family, a house, stability. And I had nothing, no plans for the future, no stability. My syptoms were

I could not focus on my every day tasks

Want to sleep all day long

I could barely get out of my bed and dress myself in the morning

No smile on my face all day long

And suicidal thoughts in my head. Actually I took some piles, I was so sick that day.

All this lasted for about 1 month. And then I talked with God, please help your child, you say in the bible that you will not give us more than we can handle, help me overcome this situation, and give me peace, love and wisdom.

I prayed and waited in silence for Him to give me Joy, and healing. Every day I prayed, and tried to work even though my mind said no. After a while I saw my life took a right turned, someone offered me a better pay job, and every little thing gave me confidence. A year later my life is totally changed, my faith is restored and I learnt to trust HIM again. I have a lot of joy, peace and learnt from my mistakes”.

I know is not easy to overcome depression, sadness, but try to speak with Him, read your bible, ask your Pastor, and write down all your thoughts and then find a solution for every thought/problem. It will help a lot.

Just think that you are not alone, you still have 1-2 people believing, loving you, ask for help.

In our life we going through a lot of sadness, anxiety and sometimes depression, in those moments how important is our life, we have value, all our problems are temporarily, be patient, have faith, surround yourself with wise people.

The joy comes from trusting God!

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