Caution, depressive child must be handled with care

by Kindsey on April 7, 2014 - 11:45am

In the article "Childhood Depression: Behind the Story", published January 4th, 2011 in Psychology Today, Sarah E. Ludwig states that 1 out of 20 children and adolescent will be depressed and that most parents feel alone in this situation since there is still much stigma around depression. The parents are in over their heads since some of them have to be on suicide watch 24/7, constantly watching what type of over-the-counter drugs come into the house and be very wary of razor use. Moreover, a child with depression will necessarily influence the mood of his or her sibling and can cause a lot of stress on the parents relationship causing sometimes divorce. Also, they is much financial difficulties that come with a depressive child since counseling is really expensive. Many parents search the internet for support of other parents whom are going through a similar situation.

                I find this entire article eye-opening since we can see that everyone around a person who has depression suffers. There should be more groups formed to support these parents who definitely need help and counselling cost should be decreased to enable every child who needs help to get it.


I can relate to this article because growing up I was the depressive child. I think around 8th grade my depression became noticeable. I withdrew from friends and activities I loved to do. I never felt good enough and started restricting my eating. My mom knew I was having a hard time but didn't start me in therapy until 9th grade. 9th grade is when it felt like everything hit the fan. I started cutting and throwing up as coping mechanisms to deal with family and school life. When my mom found out about the cutting she took me to my therapist who suggested regular arm/leg checks to stop me from cutting. It was invasive and frustrating. I'm sure my mom hated doing it and I know it broke her heart that she couldn't really do anything to help me. Your observation of therapy costs is also extremely accurate. As a single mother with four kids paying for my weekly sessions at $70 a visit was extremely difficult. Not to mention paying for anti-depressants. I think that one child's depression affecting other siblings is situational rather than definite. I believe it depends on the severity of the depression. If a child is suicidal and her killing herself is a constant threat then I definitely think that would take a toll on the others but from what I could tell my cutting and other depression related side effects didn't affect my siblings at all. And although I cut, I don't think I was ever suicidal. I think that a good sibling relationship could actually be beneficial to a child going through depression. It's like a mini support group. I agree with your statement that depression doesn't only affect the one who has it but also everyone around them as well.

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