Depressed Parents Affect Children


17th May: Depressed parents affect their children too.

Yes, that’s true. This has been revealed by a latest study.

Depressed Parents AFfect Their Children Depressed parents affect children too—Are you having depression? Depressed parents affect children too. This has been affirmed by a latest study. The study published in the journal named Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience says that your teenage child might be prone to higher risk-taking. It can make him or her disobedient and rebellious, the study maintains.

Parental depression leads to risk-taking, rule-breaking in children—Parental depression leads to greater brain activity in regions linked to risk-taking in teenagers. It leads to increased rule-breaking behaviors.

The study is the first proof that parental depression affect children’s behavior through changes in the brain of the adolescent. This was revealed by the author of the study Yang Qu(University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

Effect of depression—When depressed, people feel tired, overwhelmed and irritable. They are unable of taking even minor decisions. When a parent is depressed deeply and unable to function fully as a parent must, the child is compelled to act as an adult. So the results from dealing with the illness of a parent can affect a child’s life for several years.

Signs and symptoms of depression in children—We need to be aware of the symptoms of depression in children.

  • Sadness—Children, might become sad about different things like school work, loss of friend, missing out on something, failures etc. Try to find out what is causing your child to be sad. Offer help to your child. See if the symptoms show any improvement or not. If they improve, then its not depression. Depression in children makes them sad about life and future. They might not be able to identify about what they are feeling sad. They may cry or have tears for no reason.
  • Withdrawal—Withdrawal from family and friends is yet another indicator of depression in children. They may try to keep to themselves and may be avoiding interactions. They may also stop taking part in social activities and class activities.
  • Feeling misunderstood—A child who is having depression may feel misunderstood. He or she may feel afraid to try new things or sharing ideas for getting rejected.
  • Decline in academic performance—There may be a decline in academic performance if a child is suffering from depression. This might be due to not paying attention to his or her studies.
  • Low energy—It is quite natural for children to feel fatigued after hard work or busy days. But a child suffering from depression may feel lack of energy always. This could be despite taking adequate sleep or rest.