How to Treat Child Depression

How to Treat Child Depression

To treat the child depression, usually are used the antidepressant drugs, like Fluoxetine, Sertraline or Imipramine, for example, is also very important to conduct psychotherapy and stimuli to the socialization of the child, with participation in recreational activities and sports.

The causes of childhood depression may be related to family problems, such as lack of attention and affection, separation of parents, death of a relative or pet, change of school, or involvement of the students in the school, and can cause symptoms such as permanent sadness, irritability, moodiness, discouragement and poor performance in school. 

Child depression has a cure if it is diagnosed early and treatment is started as soon as possible. The child psychiatrist and/or psychologist are the best experts to make the diagnosis and to accompany the child.


Remedies for child depression

The treatment with medicines for child depression is done with antidepressant drugs, like Fluoxetine, Sertraline, Imipramine, Paroxetine or Citalopram, for example, prescribed by a child psychiatrist.

The choice of medication should be individualized for each child, and the choice of a remedy should be based on the presenting symptoms and the clinical condition, after detailed assessment. Other situations that may also influence this choice are the age, the general health conditions of the child and the use of other medicines.

Some of the side effects that can be displayed are headache, nausea, abdominal pain, dryness in mouth, dizziness, constipation, diarrhea, or blurred vision, and should always be reported to the doctor to evaluate the possibility of changing the dose or type of medicine.


Treatment with psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, such as the technique of cognitive-behavioral therapy, is very important for the treatment of the child, since it helps to a better confrontation of the problems for the child, and allowing the creation of improve habits.

In the course of treatment psychotherapy is also important to stimulate the whole social context of the child with this syndrome, involving the participation of parents and teachers for the maintenance of the guidelines in day-to-day, which are essential to help in maintaining focus and attention of the child.

In addition, to prevent the occurrence of child depression, parents should pay attention to, and be loving with the children and make the child practice any sport or activity, such as theater or dance, to help uninhibit and have greater ease in making friends, which are forms of natural treatment.

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