Clinical depression is a medical condition caused by chemical imbalances in the brain that make a person constantly feel aloof, sad, negative, and unmotivated. It can last for just days, or for long periods of time. It can be caused by stress, traumatic situations, or nothing at all. Depressive disorder can affect people of all ages, including teens and children.
Young people frequently suffer from depression, which leaves families with questions such as: what causes it, and what treatments are available? Fortunately, depressive disorder is treatable and some of the most effective depression therapies are in the form of Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques. Most
In the past, it was believed that children and teens 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 changing schools, a relationship breakup, illness, a loss in the family, or abuse. In some people, depression occurs by itself. Depression is often hereditary, meaning mothers and fathers suffering from depression are more likely to have children who experience depression.
There are many different forms of depression. children with depression have a form of major depression. This type interferes with the ability to enjoy life and engage in normal activities. Some adolescents may also have a milder form of depression called Dysthymic Disorder, which is a long-term form of depression with milder symptoms than major depressive disorder. A rarer but still common form of depression is manic-depression (bipolar disorder), which is characterized by mood shifts from extreme sadness to extreme happiness.
Depression can be a problem for young people because their symptoms are slightly different from the ones adults typically have, making it more difficult to diagnose and treat. Often, children and teens with depression will not feel sad or “depressed” as one would find in adults. Chronic irritability is often one of the biggest signs of depression in children and teenagers. Signs of depression can be subtle, but may include constant sadness, difficulty sleeping, tiredness, and decreased interest in things they used to love doing.
Children with depression may do poorly in school, have difficulty-making friends, or have disciplinary problems. The effects are also evident for teens, who may abuse drugs and alcohol to escape their overwhelming feelings. Depressive disorder is no one’s fault, but people with depression can get treatment and find out how to successfully cope with their depression.
Depression treatments can range from therapy and counseling, to the use of antidepressant drugs. Group psychotherapy can be helpful for teenagers and older children by providing a safe place to share their feelings with others. Monitored online services such as forums for teen depression can also provide a source of information for teen depression and serve as an outlet for depressed teens.
Behavioral therapy can help teach people how to handle their depression. Therapy can help families understand what triggers depression. Family therapy helps educate families on depression and what they can do to support their child.
In some cases, antidepressant medications are prescribed. This is only done under the careful supervision of a physician who will monitor the child’s health and mental state. Although people with severe depression may need to take medications, these drugs can have many side effects, especially in sensitive and still-developing adolescents.
This is why psychological therapy, understanding and support from families and professional counselors, and the use of treatments that help children learn how to cope with their depression by themselves are considered better for helping children with depression.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques can be used to treat stress, tension, and depression. They help people develop safe and constructive coping mechanisms for handling depression. It is appropriate for all people because it is non-invasive, does not require the use of any drugs, and is an effective form of self-help therapy.
One NLP technique used to relieve depression is known as the NLP Flash. This technique teaches the mind to use the feelings that create stress and depression as triggers for thoughts that reduce depression instead. It is a technique that even young people can use to help them cope with their depression.
People with depression need not suffer. Therapy can help the depressed of all ages find relief. NLP techniques are ideal for helping adolescents and their families cope with anxiety and depression. These treatments can reduce or even eliminate depression in anyone.
Alan B. Densky, CH is an NGH certified hypnotherapist. Since 1978, he’s helped thousands of clients. He offers CDs for hypnosis therapy for depression. Visit his Neuro-VISION hypnotherapy site for the hypnosis article repository, or watch his free videos on hypnosis.