Depression and Anxiety in Children and teenagers
Of late I have had a increased number of concerned parents ringing me to make an appointment for their daughter of son. Main reason for the appointment has been severe anxiety, nightmares, self harm right through to suicide attempt. Having worked with children and young adults for a long time at Kindergartens, Schools and in my private practice as a Hypnotherapist and Counsellor I am very concerned with what is happening with our children and their ability to cope with stress, adjustments, grief, anger etc.
Without the right ‘ tools’ to deal with all challenges in life, children and young adults often find themselves in a state of anxious mind that prevents them to function on a healthy level. The aftermath of this is anxiety and panic attacks, suicide attempts etc…….
Being trained in Youth mental health helped me a great deal to understand about how young people these days process life.
The word depression is used in may different way – sad, feeling blue or depressed, low mood etc. Blue or Sadness is not the same as a depressive disorder . Blues may have a short term depressed mood, however the person can manage to cope and soon recovers without treatment. The depression we are talking about is a major depressive disorder. It lasts for at least two week and affects a persons ability to carry out their work and usual daily activities an dto have satisfying personal relationships. Major depressive disorder affects 6.3% of Australians aged 16-24 years in a given year.
Anxiety disorder affects 15% of Australians aged 16-24in any one year. More and more parents look for alternative help to alleviate their children’s symptoms and are aware that they need to learn how to deal with life’s challenges. In my practice as a hypnotherapist, i have noticed an increase in the following disorders: Agoraphobia, Specific phobia’s such as flying and separation anxiety and Obsessive – compulsive disorder ( OCD). Unfortunately, substance misuse induced anxiety and depression is on the rise as well.
It is crucial that anxiety disorders are recognised and treated early due to their major impact on a person’s subsequent life. Anxiety disorders often develop in childhood and adolescence , if left untreated the person is more likely to have a range of adverse outcomes later in life such as depression, alcohol and drug dependence, suicide attempts etc. It is the parents who have to look out for signs in their children’s behaviour, mood and habits. It is the parents to take that crucial first step to approach the child and talk about how they are feeling. Often problems can be resolved by communicating. Hypnotherapy has been proven to be very effective for anxiety and depression as well. These days our children need more support and guidance.
” Its a jungle out there…” so lets give our children tools to get through it and not only- just- but get through it in a positive empowering way.