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To treat childhood depression, antidepressant medications are usually used, such as Fluoxetine, Sertraline or Imipramine, for example, and it is also very important to carry out psychotherapy and encourage the child's socialization, with participation in recreational and sports activities.
The causes of childhood depression can be related to family problems, such as lack of attention and affection, separation from parents, death of a relative or a pet, change of school or teasing from schoolmates, and it can cause symptoms such as constant sadness, irritability, bad mood, discouragement and poor performance at school. Check out how to identify the symptoms of childhood depression.
Child depression is curable if diagnosed early and treatment started as soon as possible. The child psychiatrist and/or psychologist are the best specialists to diagnose and monitor the child.
Remedies for Childhood Depression
Treatment with medication for childhood depression is done with antidepressant medication, such as Fluoxetine, Sertraline, Imipramine, Paroxetine or Citalopram, for example, prescribed by a child psychiatrist.
The choice of medication must be individualized for each child, and the option for a medication must be based on the symptoms presented and the clinical picture, after a detailed evaluation. Other situations that may also influence this choice are age, the child's general he alth conditions and the use of other medications.
Some of the side effects that may be presented are headache, nausea, abdominal pain, dry mouth, dizziness constipation, diarrhea or blurred vision, and should always be reported to the doctor to assess the possibility of changing the dose or type of medication.
Psychotherapy, like the cognitive-behavioral therapy technique, is very important for the treatment of the child, as it helps the child to better cope with problems, and allows the creation of better habits.
Throughout the psychotherapeutic treatment, it is also important to stimulate the entire social context of the child with this syndrome, involving the participation of parents and teachers to maintain day-to-day guidelines, which are essential to help maintain the child's focus and attention.
In addition, to prevent the onset of childhood depression, parents should pay attention and be affectionate with their children and make the child practice some sport or activity, such as theater or dance, to help disinhibit and have greater ease in making friends, which are forms of natural treatment.