HOW TO PREVENT DEPRESSION IN OUR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS?

HOW TO PREVENT DEPRESSION IN OUR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS?

Sudden changes during adolescence can be a stressor for children. This state of stress leads to depression and suicide in many children. This situation is so alarming that parents decide to assist their children, who are going through a difficult phase in their lives.  

According to the Mayo Clinic, depression is a state of mental health that causes a psychological, feeling, and behavioral problem in the adolescent, which affects their physical, emotional, and mental development.

 De nombreuses recherches scientifiques sont faites actuellement sur l’adolescence, particulièrement sur la dépression chez les adolescents. Les découvertes faites en neurosciences, les recherches psychologiques et les observations comportementales, nous ont permis de comprendre les problèmes chez les adolescents et la manière de les prévenir. 

 Here are some tips from scientific experts:

Adolescents always need support.

Il arrive aux adolescents d’apprendre à être indépendants. Les parents pensent qu'ils n’ont plus besoin de leurs soutiens. C’est faux. L’accompagnement des parents est toujours important, il contribue, à travers leurs expériences, à abaisser les niveaux de cortisol et de protéines C-réactives, qui sont des facteurs favorisant la dépression.

For neuroscientist Ron Dahl, good advice from parents effectively guides adolescents. Parents need to take an interest in their emotional lives. The affection and advice of parents gives children the feeling of being loved and understood. This keeps the child away from the idea of ​​committing suicide because of depression. Which can often be invisible to parents.

Be a good example, especially on social and emotional aspects

There are social and emotional issues among the difficulties faced by adolescents such as friendships, romantic relationships and other disappointments. It will be very difficult to control them in a context of intense emotion.

L’expérience des parents peuvent être d'un grand apport pour que les enfants surmontent mieux les difficultés qu’ils rencontrent. De plus, le concept de pleine conscience (présence attentive) de l'auteur, Dr Christine Carter, permet aux parents de rester calmes lorsqu'ils échangent avec leurs enfants adolescents. Les enfants éviteront ainsi l'anxiété, la dépression et d'autres problèmes tels que la consommation de drogues.

Getting kids to be optimistic and see things on the bright side

Apart from parents, adolescents are also loved by other people such as friends, which can prevent them from failing which is one of the causes of depression.

 Selon une étude de 2005, établir des relations avec un groupe social, protège l’adolescent contre les risques de dépression et d’anxiété. Nous ne parlons pas ici de réseaux sociaux. En outre, cela contribue à améliorer les relations entre l’adolescent et ses pairs, ainsi que d’avoir une bonne santé physique.

Parents always have a role to play in this regard. They shouldn't react too much every time teens hang out with a lot of friends, on the contrary. Parents should know that taking risks in relationships is always part of their development. This is how learning works.

Encourage teens to set better goals

Il est important pour les parents de connaître les occupations de leurs enfants et ce qu’ils veulent entreprendre dans la vie. En outre, ils doivent les écouter afin d’identifier les actions qu’ils envisagent dans la vie. La gratitude peut être un excellent moyen pour atteindre ses objectifs. Les activités scolaires et parascolaires doivent avoir un impact sur eux, pas seulement pour réussir, mais un canal d’initiatives collégiales.

It is imperative not to judge them.

A child, especially a teenager, will withdraw as soon as he feels a touch of judgment. He often looks for a confidant, a close person on whom he can rely and confide. Parents are ideal for this role. You also have the role of the executioner in his life (you set the rules since his childhood). The adolescent must understand that he has nothing to fear from you if he confides in you.

Just remember your own adolescence.


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