Depression and youth: How research from social work, community health and epidemiology, and clinical psychology can help the problem

by Kindsey on April 7, 2014 - 11:24am

                I have decided to do my term paper on depression in children. I think that if there is a way to stop depression, it will begin by curing children from this mental illness because almost everyone suffering from depression as an adult will have had depression as a child. I have been looking into depression since the beginning of the semester when I read an article about Ian Thorpe possibly suffering from this mental illness. After reading multiple articles, the one in the academic journal Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health about finding the source of depression in children is the one which interested me the most.

                Three academic disciplines could be used to talk about depression in children; social work, community health and epidemiology, and clinical psychology. Let’s begin with social work, the discipline that encourages changes and problem solving in human relationships to enhance well-being. Its relation to childhood depression is quite simple; there is a clear correlation with foster care and depression in a child. Thus, research on this subject will probably give indicators of what causes depression. Next, the disciplines community health and epidemiology were put together since they are two sciences that complete each other. The first concerns the study and perfection of the health of communities whereas the other deals with the cause and source of a disease. Therefore, these disciplines can enable us to find the factors that bring about depression and can possibly offer us a solution to it. Last, the discipline of clinical psychology which uses psychological principles to prevent, rehabilitate and improve everyday life can relate to childhood depression very easily. This discipline shows a relationship between stress factors that start off in the early years with childhood depression.

                Hopefully, with these academic disciplines and articles about childhood depression will we be able to find a potentially correct solution to depression or at least a non-permanent solution. 

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