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How To Cure Feelings Of Depression On Young Children And Teenagers

Jun 5, 2008
Clinical depression is a condition caused by chemical imbalances in the brain that make a person constantly feel aloof, negative, sad, and unmotivated. Depression can last for weeks, months, or even years. It can result from stress, certain situations, or triggered by nothing at all. Depression can affect people of any age, including teens and young children.

Young people frequently suffer from depressive disorders, which leaves parents with questions such as: what causes it, and what treatments are available? The good news is that depression is treatable and some of the most effective depression treatments come in the form of Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques.

In the past, it was thought that younger people could not experience depression, but in reality, depression affects people of all ages. Often, depression in children and teens is triggered by events such as a relationship breakup, illness, a loss in the family, changing schools, or abuse. In some people, depression has no external cause. Depression often runs in families, meaning mothers and fathers with depression are more likely to have offspring who also suffer from depression.

There are many different forms of depression. Most children with depression have a type of major depression. This form obstructs a person's ability to enjoy life and engage in normal activities. Some children and teens may also suffer from a milder type of depression called Dysthymic Disorder, which is a long-term type of depression with less severe symptoms than major depression. A rarer but still common type of depression is manic-depression (bipolar disorder), which is characterized by mood shifts from extreme happiness to extreme sadness.

Depression can be a problem for young people because their symptoms vary slightly from the ones adults frequently display, making it more challenging to diagnose and treat. Often, children and teens with depression will not feel sad or "depressed" as one would find in adults. Constant irritability is typically one of the biggest signs of depression in children and teens. Signs of depression may not be obvious, but may include difficulty concentrating and difficulty sleeping, exhaustion, and decreased interest in activities.

Children with depression may do poorly in school, have problems making friends, or have disciplinary problems. The effects are also pronounced for teens, who may abuse alcohol and drugs to escape their depression. Depressive disorder is no one's fault, but those with depression do have the power to get treatment and find out how to handle their depression.

Depression treatments can range from counseling and therapy, to the use of antidepressant drugs. Group psychotherapy can be helpful for teenagers and children by providing a safe place to share their experience with others. Online services such as forums for depressed teens can also provide a source of information for teen depression and serve as a therapy group for the depressed.

Behavioral counseling can help teach people how to manage their depression. Counselors can help parents understand what causes a child's depression. Family counseling helps educate parents on why their child has depression and what they can do to help.

In some cases, antidepressant medications are prescribed. This is only done under the supervision of a physician who will monitor the child's health and mental state. Even though people with severe depression may have a need for antidepressants, these drugs can have undesirable side effects, especially in young people, who are still developing. This is why counseling, understanding and support from parents and professional therapists, and the use of techniques that help young people learn how to cope with their depression by themselves are considered better for helping children with depression.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practices can be used to relieve anxiety, tension, and depression. They help people form safe and constructive coping mechanisms for reducing depression. It works for all people because it is non-invasive, does not require the use of any drugs, and is an effective form of self-therapy.

One NLP technique used to alleviate depression is the NLP Flash. This technique reprograms your unconscious mind to use the feelings that create stress and depression as triggers for thoughts that eliminate depression instead. It is a technique that even young people can learn to use to help them reduce their depression.

People with depression need not suffer. Therapeutic techniques can help depressed people of all ages find relief. NLP techniques are excellent for helping children and their families cope with stress and depression. These techniques can reduce or even eliminate depression in people of all ages.
About the Author
Alan B. Densky, CH is a certified hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner. Since 1978, he has helped thousands of clients. He offers CDs for hypnotic depression therapy. Visit his Neuro-VISION self improvement website for the free hypnosis article library, or watch his free videos on hypnosis. http://www.neuro-vision.us/Hypnosis-Article-Index.html
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