In recent years, mental health problems among children & teen have been frequent.
Among them, depression in children & teen is of high concern and has a profound impact on children. So how to prevent it?
Parents must go to a regular hospital to receive systematic treatment as soon as they find that their children have a tendency to depression, but more importantly, how to prevent depression.
3 Points To Prevent Depression In Children & Teen
First of all, depression is related to the dysregulation of neurotransmitters in the brain, so the first thing to do to prevent depression is to maintain the basic health of the brain by eating well, sleeping well and exercising well.
The diet should be nutritionally balanced, and children should pay attention to adequate intake of vegetables and fruits.
For sleep, the average daily sleep for elementary, middle and high school students should be no less than 10, 9 and 8 hours.
For exercise, it is recommended that elementary and middle school students have outdoor exercise at least three times a week, maintaining 40 to 60 minutes each time. If you can eat well, sleep well, and exercise well, you will have the most basic protection for brain health.
Second, pay attention to the stress that children encounter on a daily basis. These stresses originate from three main areas: first, academics, second, interpersonal relationships, and third, family relationships.
In terms of academics, some children may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, they usually have difficulty paying attention in class and sitting still.
In addition, there are many children who experience chronic stress due to their own high expectations in terms of grades. If this is the case, parents should pay attention to inspire their children so that they can learn and feel more joy in learning knowledge rather than being pressured by this utilitarian competition.
In terms of interpersonal relationships, many times parents may be more concerned about their children’s academics and may even suggest that their children cut back on this aspect of socializing for the sake of grades, but the truth is that learning how to establish and maintain friendships with peers is a very important skill to learn from a psychological perspective.
Therefore, parents should pay attention to listen and accept their children’s social troubles on a daily basis, and guide them positively to learn social skills so as to promote their children’s healthy growth.
In terms of family relationships, it is important to encourage a harmonious family relationship atmosphere in order for children to feel like a safe haven at home.
If both parents are separate, parents should also take a cooperative approach to caring and raising their children to avoid making them feel the pressure of the family.
Third, it is important to develop the child’s mental resilience from an early age. The brain areas in our brains that express and regulate emotions do not mature until adulthood, which means that children experience stressful emotions for a long time, but do not have the ability to express them clearly or regulate them.
Therefore, when parents see their children in a bad emotional state, to help children to express clearly in words, is sad, sad, aggrieved, angry, angry, or any other feelings, but also to teach children how to calm in this emotion, or can be in sports, painting, music to regulate their emotions, these are very important.
Secondly, from the child’s childhood, the family should increase some happy parent-child time, these happy parent-child time will increase the child’s sense of security, will also increase the child’s psychological immunity.
In addition, it is also necessary to cultivate positive positive thinking from an early age, not just to ask children to be positive, optimistic, but from the perspective of parenting, to make such positive model. For example, parents do not just go to criticize the child which does not do well enough, but to see more of what the child has done well, to offer specific encouragement and praise, so that children believe in themselves and develop more self-confidence.
Some of these parenting methods can give children more positive positive thinking, and later when they encounter difficulties, this thinking can help children have more strength to overcome.
Behind every healthy grown-up child, there must be parents who take good care and hard work, each parent must take care of their own body and emotions while taking care of their children, only then, when the child needs help, parents can better help them.