Depression can be stopped

by Kindsey on Mars 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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