Earlier it was believed that only adults developed depression and that children and teens could not. Now know that even a young child develops serious depression that requires treatment to improve. However, symptoms of depression in children and teens are difficult to recognize.
Causes of stress is unknown, however it can be triggered by: Stressful life events, such as a loss of a family member or relative. Having a parent or immediate family member who is depressed can also trigger it. Having a long-term medical illness such as diabetes or epilepsy.
Many psychiatric drugs have not been satisfactorily tested in paediatric patients, and some drug combinations are occasionally prescribed for children, especially stimulants and antidepressants that have not been fully tested even in adults. So, we cannot completely asses the risks or the benefits of these medications.
Children's bodies do not absorb drugs and eliminate toxins similarly as adult bodies, and their brains may get affected also. Depression and other conditions for which the drugs are prescribed may have long-lasting deadly effects on the psychological and social development of a kid.
When the parents decide to live separately, it is a very traumatic situation for a child. How upset the child feels can vary depending on how their parents separated, the age of the child, how much he understands, and the support he gets from family and friends.
It is best if both parents tell the child about the divorce together. Make sure the children understand that you both still love them and will still take care of them. Speak honestly and simply.
Many children have miconceptions about having to choose a parent or even having to go to court. So it is very important to educate your children together about what to expect in the coming months and reassure them that you will always be a family, although not living together.