Clinical depression is an illness caused by chemical imbalances in the brain that make someone constantly feel sad, aloof, negative, and unmotivated. It can last for weeks, months, or even years. It can be caused by stress, traumatic events, or nothing at all. Depression can affect people of all ages, including teenagers and even young children.
Children and teens often suffer from depression, which leaves parents with lots of questions such as: why does it happen, and what can they do for their child? 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 believed that children and teens could not experience depression, but the truth is that
depression can affect people of any age. Often, depression in children and teens is triggered by events such as a loss in the family, changing schools, a relationship breakup, illness, or abuse. Sometimes, depression occurs on its own. Depression often runs in families, meaning parents with depression are more likely to have children who also suffer from depression.
are several different forms of depressive disorder. Most young people with
depression have a form of major
depressive disorder. This type interferes with a person's ability to enjoy
life and engage in normal activities. Some children and teens may also suffer
from a milder form of depression called Dysthymia,
which is a long-term form of depression with milder symptoms than major
depression. A rarer but still common form of depressive disorder is manic
depression (bipolar disorder), which is characterized by sudden mood swings from
extreme happiness to extreme sadness.
Depression can be a serious problem for young people because their
symptoms are slightly different from the ones adults commonly display, making it
more difficult to diagnose and treat. Often, young people with depression will
not feel sad or "depressed" as one would expect in adults. Constant
irritability is usually one of the biggest signs of depression in children and
teenagers. Depression symptoms can be subtle, but may include difficulty
sleeping, persistent sadness, fatigue, and decreased interest in things they
used to love doing.
Children with depression may do poorly in school, have trouble making friends,
or get in trouble by "acting up," a cry for attention. The effects are
also pronounced for teens, who may experiment with drugs and alcohol to escape
their mental depression. Depression is not the sufferer's fault, but people with
depression do have the power to seek treatment and learn how to cope with their
Depression help treatments can range from counseling and therapy, to the
use of antidepressant medication. Group therapy can be helpful for teens and
older children by providing a safe place to share their experience with their
peers. Monitored online services such as depression in teenagers chat rooms can
also provide a source of information for teen depression and serve as an outlet
for depressed teens.
Behavioral therapy can help teach people of all ages how to manage their
depression. Counseling can help families understand what triggers a child's
depression. Family therapy helps educate parents on why their child has
depression and what they can do to help their child.
In some cases, antidepressants or antipsychotic medications are prescribed. This
is only done under the careful supervision of a doctor who will monitor the
child's health and mental state. Even though people with severe depression may
need to take antidepressants, these drugs can have many side effects, especially
in sensitive and still-developing children and teens. For this reason,
psychological counseling, understanding and support from parents and
professional counselors, and the use of techniques that help children learn how
to relieve their depression by themselves are considered to be better for
helping young people with depression.
Programming (NLP) techniques can be used to treat stress, anxiety, and
depression. They help people develop safe and positive coping mechanisms for
dealing with depression. It is appropriate for people of all ages because it is
non-invasive, does not require the use of any drugs, and is a helpful form of
One NLP technique used to combat depression is known as the NLP Flash. This
technique reprograms the unconscious
mind to use the thoughts that create stress and depression, as triggers for
thoughts that create relaxation instead. It is a technique that even young
people can learn to use to help them manage their depression.
People who are diagnosed with depression need not suffer. Therapeutic
techniques and treatments can help depressed people of all ages live better. NLP
techniques are excellent for helping young people and their families cope with
anxiety and depression. These techniques can diminish or even eliminate
depression in people of all ages.
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Since 1978, he has helped thousands of clients. He offers CDs for self-hypnosis
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