Parent behaviors linked to kids’ anxiety, depression | Reuters

(Reuters Health) – Young people whose parents tend to fight with each other or are over involved in their kids’ lives are at increased risk of depression and anxiety, according to a new comprehensive review of past studies.

Kids tend to first experience depression or anxiety between ages 12 and 18, the authors write. They reviewed 181 papers published on potential links between how parents behave and which young people experience either disorder.

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Link found between physical maturity and depression in young girls – YNN

Girls who develop early may be envied by their peers, but doctors said young females who physically mature faster are at higher risk of low self-esteem, depression, promiscuity and lower grades.

Research shows they also have a greater risk of becoming obese, developing hypertension and suffering from breast, ovarian and edometiral cancers.

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Suicide a Risk for Young Cancer Patients, Study Finds

(HealthDay News) — A diagnosis of cancer may put teens and young adults at risk for suicide, a new study finds.

"There is a need to support and carefully monitor this vulnerable population," said lead researcher Donghao Lu, from the department of medical epidemiology and biostatistics at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

The study of Swedes aged 15 to 30 found that those with a cancer diagnosis had a 60 percent greater risk of suicide or attempted suicide compared to similar young people without cancer. And the risk peaked the first year after diagnosis, when it was 150 percent higher, the researchers found.

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Depression in Children: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment


Image: Deborah 1963A few years ago, my mother unearthed some pictures of me as a baby which I had never seen before. One showed me at about eight months old, crawling on the grass of Golden Gate Park. I was looking directly at the camera, my tongue sticking out of the corner of my mouth, and I was laughing. My face was lit from within, and looked happy, confident and even a little mischievous.

I was absolutely transfixed by that photograph for days. I would continually take it out of my wallet and stare at it, torn between laughter and tears. For a while I couldn’t figure out what it was about the picture that drew me. Finally it hit me; this was the only picture of myself as a child that I had seen which showed me laughing. All the photos I had ever seen depicted a child staring solemnly or smiling diffidently, but never laughing. I looked at the Golden Gate Park picture and wished that I had remained that happy, and that depression had not taken away my childhood.

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Childhood Depression May Be Tied to Later Heart Risk: Study

(HealthDay News) — Teens who were depressed as children are more likely to be obese, to smoke and to be sedentary, a new study finds.

The findings suggest that depression during childhood can increase the risk of heart problems later in life, according to the researchers.

The study included more than 500 children who were followed from ages 9 to 16. There were three groups: those diagnosed with depression as children, their depression-free siblings and a control group of unrelated youngsters with no history of depression.

Twenty-two percent of the kids who were depressed at age 9 were obese at age 16, the study found. “Only 17 percent of their siblings were obese, and the obesity rate was 11 percent in the unrelated children who never had been depressed,” study first author Robert Carney, a professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said in a university news release.

The researchers found similar patterns when they looked at smoking and physical activity.

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Childhood Bullying and Depression

5959I was bullied through much of my childhood, beginning when I was seven years old, which was when we moved from New Jersey to a wealthy town in Connecticut in which sports were worshipped. I was, to put it mildly, not very good at sports. Not only was I somewhat uncoordinated, but my Attention Deficit Disorder (or complete lack of interest) caused me to space out when the phys-ed teacher was explaining the rules of whatever game we were about to play. When we were subsequently playing, of course, I wouldn’t have any idea what was going on and would screw things up for my team. Or I’d be daydreaming in left field and miss a ball coming right at me.

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What are the Risk Factors for Childhood Depression?

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I had untreated clinical depression starting from a young age. When I was finally diagnosed at age 27, I started trying to figure out why this had happened to me.

Why would a child suffer from depression? What are the factors that can combine to create depression in a young child? In many cases, one of the usual suspects is a family history of mental illness. But there was no such history on either side of my family. So I started looking for other explanations.

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Meet your new wizard therapists: New Zealand trials video game that uses role playing games to try to beat depression | Mail Online

Long viewed as a contributing factor in teenage isolation, computer games are now being used to treat adolescent depression.Rather than simply encouraging players to engage in combat or destruction, the SPARX video game developed in New Zealand attempts to teach teenagers how to deal with depression using the psychological approach known as cognitive behavioural therapy CBT.Just as importantly, its creators set out to make the game exciting for those teenagers who are often reluctant to seek counselling and bored by well-meaning advice on how to cope with depression.

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Bullying and Ostracizing Tied to Depression and Anxiety in Special Needs Children

Children with special needs have always been a favorite target for bullying and teasing. It’s easy to see why – they’re different. Being different is generally not seen as a good thing when you’re a child in elementary or middle school.  Except for the occasional rebel, most children don’t want to be stand out from the crowd. Certainly, no child wants to be different because they have special needs.

In a small study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting on April 29th, researchers claim that children with special needs who are bullied or shunned by their peers are at a greater risk for anxiety and depression. And surprisingly, it is this, more than any aspect of their disability and its challenges, that was a predictor of depression and anxiety.

The researchers recruited 109 children from ages 8 to 17 during a routine visit to their physician at a children’s hospital. The children and their parents or guardians completed a questionnaire that screens for depression and anxiety, and the children also completed a questionnaire that asked them about bullying and exclusion from their peers.

The patients in the study had one or more conditions such as: attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (39 percent); cystic fibrosis (22 percent); type 1 or 2 diabetes (19 percent); sickle cell disease (11 percent); obesity (11 percent); learning disability (11 percent); autism (9 percent); and short stature (6 percent). Several children had a combination of these conditions.

A couple of years ago I was the unhappy observer of this phenomenon. My son entered first grade a confident, outgoing child who had no trouble making friends. His kindergarten teacher had been wonderful, but his first grade teacher constantly scolded and berated him for his ADHD behaviors. His classmates followed her lead, as children often do, and began to both tease and shun him.

I saw his self-esteem sink lower and lower as the school year went on. He became despondent and started making statements like, “I hate myself.” We weren’t able to get him moved into another teacher’s class, so we just counted the days till school ended.

Fortunately, his second grade teacher was a completely different kettle of fish. She knew of the difficulties he had had in first grade, and made it a point to praise him in front of other children, and when she had to discipline him for any behavioral issues, she didn’t make it personal.

My childhood depression was definitely exacerbated by the bullying and ostracizing that I was the subject of. It’s important for educators and parents to be aware that special needs children may be at a particular risk of depression and anxiety due to their circumstances. While it may not be possible to put a stop to a child being bullied and excluded, intervention and treatment with therapy can diminish the impact and long-term emotional damage.

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Being Bullied Tied to Anxiety, Depression in Special-Needs Kids

HealthDay News — Special-needs youth with chronic medical conditions or developmental disabilities are at risk for anxiety and depression if they’re excluded, ignored or bullied by other young people, a new small study says.It included 109 youngsters, ages 8 to 17, who were recruited during routine visits to a U.S. children’s hospital. The patients and their parents completed questionnaires that screen for symptoms of anxiety and depression, and the youngsters also completed a questionnaire that asked them about bullying or exclusion by their peers.

via Being Bullied Tied to Anxiety, Depression in Special-Needs Kids.

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