Depression can be stopped

by Kindsey on March 24, 2014 - 1:47pm

In the Academic Journal Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, Shan Jin, Nazeem Muharjarine, Jennifer Cushon and Hyun J. Lim wrote an article on March 1, 2013 named “Factors Associated with Childhood Depression in Saskatoon Students: A Multilevel Analysis”. They chose to investigate the whys behind childhood depression because most adults nowadays affected by depression have most likely suffered from mild to high level depression as children. Their goal: “examine whether depression varies among Saskatoon elementary schools, and to identify multilevel factors that are associated with depression”. They studied their demographics (family), physical activity (and BMI), bullying, school performance and their levels of deprivation (this means in which quintile they are: the privilege population or deprived one).

                The results prove that more girls were diagnosed with mild depression. Also, the absence of a parent, the education of the parents and a strong relationship with parents are more likely to cause depression. In addition, a child with poor physical activity is more prone to suffer from depression. Lastly, children who have been bullied, lack friends and are absent for school (suspensions or skipping) tend to be more prone to depression.

                I was actually fascinated by these correlations found. This means that if we push a child to do physical activity instead of letting him in front of the computer can already decrease his chances of getting depression. Some of the other elements that make a child more prone to depression might be more complicated to find a solution to but maybe finding out what triggers these elements could help. For example, girls are more prone to depression. There is nothing we can do about the fact that the person is a girl but if we find out WHY girls are more prone to depression than we can probably end depression altogether.

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I really liked reading your article about depression and think that there is a lot of information about depression that can be looked at further about depression and how it effects children. I liked that they discussed about a child's activity and especially their BMI. I think that the BMI of a child may have a lot to do with bullying and the higher the BMI for a child the more prone they are to bullying which can then lead to depression. Body image is very important to children at the school age and especially in their teen years so they are able to fit in with a particular crowd. As a child I was overweight and was subject to bullying and mean comments by peers, which made me depressed so I can definitely relate to this article and their research. It would be very interesting to see why girls have a higher depression rate, and I think that it would be an excellent topic to pursue further. I think that once again it has to do with bullying and the involvement of the parents on the lives of their children. I do not think that depression can necessarily be stopped, I think that there are ways to control and prevent it and also treat it properly and not over medicate or mask the symptoms.

Today, depression has been a huge problem that affects many people. I do agree with your thoughts on depression. How it starts from an earlier age or it has an origin, then it builds up into depression. I also agree with the different ways a child can have depression. I feel some people have depression because they may feel that no one loves them or is joked about.
Today I see kids who want to do what is “in” society. For instance, fashion. All kids want to have the best shoes or have certain type of clothing. If not, the group of friends with the nice clothing and footwear make fun of the kid with the bad fashion. This can start their sadness and depression. This is a shame that we have that in the world today.

This is interesting. Depression is a large factor in many issues that are presented today. It’s a hard thing to get rid of so to completely stop it that will be a challenge. It’s been said over and over again the pressures of how one interacts with others whether it is at home, school or even through media representation can be a strong factor to find out how it forms and occurs. Now this does not only refer to just women, men have their own problems in the world too. Depression can affect everyone regardless of social economic status. Studying the many factors that affects this issue is important. Depression does carry on to the next few years so if children are getting it as young as six then it is definitely going to hit during the teen years if they have no good support group whether its family or friends.
I suffer with depression for many years sometimes it pops ups with a known issue or not. The difference I had was my circle of friends to low it. We’ve all have some form of pain that we feed off of but we know the difference on when to speak and when not to speak. Listening is a key factor. I’ve had people talk about depression around me and compare themselves to see who has it worst. This method does not work at all it only makes the person who brought up their issue on why they are depressed pushed to the side since it cannot be compared to the pain of another.

This blog is a good introduction into some of the simple causes of depression and how it can be stopped. I think a little more detail on some processes of reducing depression or further explanation of what can be done would of been helpful. You did an excellent job though due to the fact that I was inclined to read the original in order to dig a little deeper myself.
Some of the ideas that can reduce depression that you explained in your blog really rang true to me. I have always liked working out, and it really makes sense that physical activity would decrease depression. I personally feel so much better after a workout for many reasons. The results alone make you feel so much more confident. I can’t say that I have ever really been depressed but a simple workout can lift me out of a bad mood. I think the children who sit in front of a computer day after day are just nervous to get out there and be active. I can’t blame them, I would be nervous to take a computer class because it is something I have never done. Furthermore, I can not begin to imagine the true effect of a broken home on a child. I just know that the love and support that I have been so lucky to have throughout my life have been such a blessing. Without family, I am sure I would not be in the state I am now.
I have seen the effects of depression growing up on fellow students. By my inference I can draw conclusions as to why they were or might of been depressed. It seemed the kids that were always alone lived with some sort of unsatisfactory quality. Some were overweight, some were just different and others just had a hard time at home. I guess you could say they didn’t find something to wake up for and be excited about. I can’t wait to get up and hit the gym.

I agree that depression stems from when people are children. If they are neglected and seen as the “weirdo” then they are usually more inclined to be depressed as an adult. It is surprising that physically activity alone can decrease the chances of being depressed, which gives you all the more reason to go get fit. With girls having a higher chance of being depressed I think that women sometimes let more stuff get to them and make them sad, and that might be the reason behind it.
I have always been a happy kid, and try to stay as positive as I can, I like to be the person that everyone will be able to get along with and have as little enemies as possible. However not everyone is like that, I grew up in a little town that it is very hard to be left out, because our school is so small that everyone usually has to stick together. In rare cases there are some outcasts, and you can definitely who they are. Usually those people are the ones not involved in sports, so I can see the correlation now from physical activity decreasing depression.

I was drawn to your post because upon first viewing I fundamentally disagreed with your title because I have witnessed the effects of depression on a family member and know firsthand it cannot always be stopped. However, through reading the rest of your post I understood the point that you were making: those suffering with depression can find a silver lining. I watched my father suffer very seriously from depression and through this experience I saw what cues depression and ways to eliminate these triggers. My Dad, now recovered, still struggles with depression sometimes but for the most part has conquered it. Therefore, I believe studies like the one conducted here are important to finding the cues for depression and aids in being able to manage it in the future. In your post you mentioned that physical activity can help eliminate depression and this caught my eye because I know whenever I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed a good workout always make me feel a lot better. Therefore, with the knowledge gained from research like this I disagree that depression can be stopped all together but I do think it can be managed and halted, especially in children. These studies allow us to realize triggers and societal problems that cause these depressed feelings and manage them before they become overwhelming.

I thought your write up and article wereboth very interesting. I recently wrote a blog post on increasing the amount of cardio vascular exercise to assist in the treatment of patients with Major Depression Disorder. They too, found that the patients who increased their daily cardiovascular exercise benefitted from it. I very much agree with sending your kid outside to play instead of watching TV or playing video games. Exercise is a natural way to treat and deal with the increasing amount of negative outside factors kids have to deal with on a daily basis. When I am stressed or not at the top of my game going for a run always helps me feel better and more energized. It can always help you get out of the funk that sometimes comes over us all. More importantly there are no dangerous side affects like mood swings, suppressed apatite, thoughts of suicide, death, possible loss of one eye, and diabetes. Also, after my daily crossfit workouts I always feel better then when I went in. The key to better mental health is not in a pill. Hear is the article if you would like to give it a read!

Mota-Pereira, J., Silverio, J., Carvalho, S., Ribeiro, J., Fonte, D., & Ramos, J. (2011). Moderate exercise Improves depression parameters in treatment-resistant patients with major depressive disorder. Journal Of Psychiatric Research, 45(8), 1005-1011. Doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2011.02.005

This topic caught my eye because I have a good amount of friends who have depression related problems. I find the point that if someone has a large amount of friends, is active and such to be interesting. Me and my brother are both people who are active in sports and we have always had a large amount of friends and I know that neither of us have or do currently suffer from depression. However one of my close friends is just like me and my brother he is active in sports and I know he has a large amount of friends as I was on the Track and Field team with him at school and we would often spend time with our friends as well. That's why i find it to be interesting, he lives a life that is similar to mine yet he suffers from depression while I never have. I know that I don't know all the factors in his life but I do know most of them which is why I find it hard to believe this information at this time.

This topic caught my eye because I have a good amount of friends who have depression related problems. I find the point that if someone has a large amount of friends, is active and such to be interesting. Me and my brother are both people who are active in sports and we have always had a large amount of friends and I know that neither of us have or do currently suffer from depression. However one of my close friends is just like me and my brother he is active in sports and I know he has a large amount of friends as I was on the Track and Field team with him at school and we would often spend time with our friends as well. That's why i find it to be interesting, he lives a life that is similar to mine yet he suffers from depression while I never have. I know that I don't know all the factors in his life but I do know most of them which is why I find it hard to believe this information at this time.

I wouldn’t really say that depression can be stopped. Though a few characteristics stood out such as the physical activity and the single parent factor, there is way more that needs to be discovered. How are you supposed to fix a child with depression caused by only having one parent? And I don’t really think pushing kids to partake in physical activity is going to end that well either. I don’t think having them glued to technology is healthy is any better. Forcing anyone to do something can end negatively. I used to suffer from depression. I had friends, two parents, and I was even healthy at the time of the depression. Depression is a dark and scary world, especially when you don’t know where to go to for help. It’s great to see that we are looking into depression as a serious matter. But I do think we are still a little bit far from solving it. Great article, and great to see that awareness is being raised for the issue.

I wouldn’t really say that depression can be stopped. Though a few characteristics stood out such as the physical activity and the single parent factor, there is way more that needs to be discovered. How are you supposed to fix a child with depression caused by only having one parent? And I don’t really think pushing kids to partake in physical activity is going to end that well either. I don’t think having them glued to technology is healthy is any better. Forcing anyone to do something can end negatively. I used to suffer from depression. I had friends, two parents, and I was even healthy at the time of the depression. Depression is a dark and scary world, especially when you don’t know where to go to for help. It’s great to see that we are looking into depression as a serious matter. But I do think we are still a little bit far from solving it. Great article, and great to see that awareness is being raised for the issue.

Depression is a topic that a large portion of people can relate to. Whether or not an individual has dealt with it himself, he/she has most likely known someone who has. It is becoming more and more common in today’s society, being an issue we must continuously address. The article which you chose seems to do a very comprehensive job at identifying possible risk factors for depression, and concludes interesting results, that girls are statistically more likely to suffer from it, along with a number of specific correlations.
However, you mention that it is totally possible to stop depression or prevent it by means of forcing kids to exercise or the like when it comes to other causes, but I fear that this is a slippery slope since forcing kids to do things has generally not worked out in the ways that parents wanted. Still, I like your thoughts that if kids exercise more, their resiliency to depression is heightened already. We as a society just need to continue to advance research and figure out what exactly are the best ways to treat rehabilitate victims of depression.

Depression is something that effects many people. I believe that everyone has experienced some form of depression throughout their life. I can relate to the fact that being active can reduce depression. I have played sports all my life and they keep me busy and let me escape from the problems that may be happening in my life. If I was not active, then that would give me more time to be isolated and depressed. I believe depression can't be stopped, but there are ways to help prevent it. I have heard a lot of cases where the people that are depressed are the people who you would least expect. Many famous people suffer from depression and none would know it. I don't think depression can be stopped but it can be reduced.

I really enjoyed reading your article on depression and factors witch help cause and increase childhood depression. The article made interesting points and facts about factors in which trigger depression. However, while getting a child to play a sport or by putting them on a better diet might lower their risk of depression as a teenager and/or adult, but it may not necessarily get rid of depression all together. Some people suffer from seasonal depression which doesn't necessarily have to be treated by medication but can be treated by being active and a healthy diet and some people just have a chemical imbalance in their brain that will always cause them to be a target of depression. There are ways to reduce ones chances of depression, but not completely get rid of the illness.

This is a very interesting article that should be studied closer and soon. Depression is a huge problem not just in children but in adults. It has many faces, of which people especially children do not know how to navigate. The correlations make complete sense. The absence of a parent/parents, inactivity, social status and bullying are all things that seem to follow people throughout their lives. Many of the correlations are hard to escape as we grow older. If there was a way to decrease the prevalence of depression in children, one would think that there would be less depression seen in adults as well.
It is interesting that girls are more depressed than boys. I have to wonder if that has anything to do with the pressure from the media on how a female is “suppose” to look, super skinny is the way to be these days. With that I do not think that medication children is the way to go with things such as depression. Children need to learn to work through things rather than just placing a band aid on it and hoping it goes away. I think medication should be a last resort. Teaching children skills to cope with things will only benefit them in the future. I also think that they need to not only look at the correlations, but at depression in general. Because you can have a huge group of friends, come from a high class family, play sports, get good grades and still be depressed. Being a paramedic for 7 years now, I personally feel that depression effects nearly everyone at some point throughout their lives. I have experienced, took the easy way out in the beginning by taking drugs, then stopped and sought help to work through the issues that were making me depressed. It is also difficult to study depression, because many people hid it and do not want to admit it because it makes them feel weak, and nobody, even children want to feel that way.

I think this article outlines very well how depression is multifaceted and cyclic. Many of the common causes for depression, as outlined in the article, are interrelated: it is easy to see the link between one and the other. For example, a child with poor physical activity, high BMI, and low self-esteem, they are more prone to being bullied. Therefore, the demographic data is cyclic—one leads to the other, and then it cycles back and increases depression.

It is well recognized that endorphines or “feel good hormones” are excreted during physical exercise. Naturally, some depression can be combated by exercise. In an article posted in the University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter titled, “Chasing runner’s high” the author discusses the correlation between exercise and euphoric feelings caused by the release of endorphins. The article writes, “The study provided some direct evidence that exercise related endorphines have a specific activity in areas of the brain associated with pleasure, pain, and perception of rewards” (p. 6).

As a child, I struggled with mild depression during the difficult period of divorce for my parents. Shortly thereafter, I was in the custody of my father who pushed me into hockey and baseball. Working out was intense, but it felt great; soon after I joined, I found I could manage the emotional roller coaster my family was going through much easier. After working out, I had a long-lasting feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. I also found I set goals for the following practices, and finally I felt like I controlled something in my life. From that point forward, I have never had depression. I believe that is largely accredited to my physical discipline and drive to overpower depression.

References
Chasing runner's high. (2013). University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter, 29(9), 6.

Depression is not just a bad case of sadness, unfortunately. Lately, it seems like people are using this as an excuse not to try to make things better for themselves. "It's not like I can just stop being depressed" is something I hear quite often from people who suffer. It's true that things are not that simple, but it's also true that there are things that can be done to make it less severe. I like that this article tackles the problem at a young age in order to train children to work with their depression and find ways to make life better for themselves. Just like any other illness, there are ways to combat depression. Running and exercising releases endorphins and increase seratonin levels in the brain, which makes a person feel happier. Encouraging these habits will surely be helpful for those suffering later in life.

I found this article very interesting. I think some of it is common knowledge such as girls being more depressed than boys and physical activity helping kids to not be depressed. My only source of confusion is how the title comes into play with the article. I think there are certain steps that can be taken to help people cope with depression or help them prevent being depressed for long periods of time, but I’m not sure if depression can be stopped completely. There are some ties like you mentioned that influence depression that can't just be cured with a healthy lifestyle.

This article has many very valid points, when it comes to sports and physical activity I personally feel like they are a release from everything. Physical activity allows you to step away from anything and just perform and excel in your desired manner. When it comes to a "cure" i don't think that there is one, no matter what you do there will always be the feeling of depression and there is no escaping that. It is what you do to get yourself out of the depression that is important. Having some friends and family that suffered from depression it just takes the will to do something about it, just sitting around and being in a state of depression won't do you any good. You have to get out in the world and enjoy it as much as you can, always look for the half full side of things.

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