Are more children in need of Effexor?



According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, children and teenagers are at risk of suffering from depression. Just like adults, younger people may benefit from medications like Effexor and counseling to ease their feelings of sadness and other related symptoms

According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, children and teenagers are at risk of suffering from depression. Just like adults, younger people may benefit from medications like Effexor and counseling to ease their feelings of sadness and other related symptoms. However, this leaves many people wondering why kids are struggling with depression and what signs should be watched out for by parents and other caregivers.

Causes
Children as young as the age of 5 have been reported to have symptoms of depression, according to The Telegraph. It has been estimated that nearly 5 percent of all children and adolescents experience signs of the condition at some point in their childhoods. There are a number of things that can trigger such an episode. Most commonly, professionals attribute loss of a loved one or disabilities with learning, anxiety or attention to be the cause. In some cases, children are at risk due to a family history of depression. However, there are new causes parents should make themselves aware of, including:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Stress from school testing
  • Changes and differences within the family dynamic
  • Pressure brought on by social media

"As well as the problems with cyberbullying, we have developed this culture where even young children are trying to create a brand, based on how they look - which can make girls especially feel very anxious - and about how many Facebook friends they have," Lucie Russell, director of campaigns for charity at Young Minds, told The Telegraph.

Signs and symptoms
Now that parents are aware that their children are at a greater risk for suffering from depression, it's important that they also make themselves privy to some of the signs and symptoms related to the disorder. Although these can vary on a case-by-case basis, the symptoms may be causes for concern:

  • Anger and irritability
  • Complaints of headaches, stomachaches and other health issues
  • Decrease in activities once of interest to him or her
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of sadness and/or hopelessness, worthlessness or guilt
  • Frequent absence from school
  • Greater sensitivity to rejection
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Loss of or increase in appetite
  • Outbursts
  • Poor communication skills
  • Running away from home, or threatening to
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Social withdrawal
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

It's important that parents not jump to conclusions if their children are exhibiting one or more of these signs of depression. First, a health care professional should be consulted. Treatments of counseling and medications like Effexor may be prescribed for treatment as deemed necessary.