Depression is a mood disorder which is characterised by persistent feeling of sadness or low mood. It’s also called as major depressive disorder. It affects how we feel about ourselves throughout the day causing excessive tiredness and lack of interest. This will also lead to difficulty in carrying out normal day to day activities. There is no need to get discouraged regarding it. Early recognition is important and seeking professional help will help you to recover. Most people with depression recover with medication, psychotherapy or both.
Depression in children and adolescents have symptoms similar to adults but there are
differences which has to be taken into consideration
In children it’s more of irritability, clinginess, refusal to go to school, withdrawn behaviour and loss of appetite.
In adolescents it’s more about feeling negative and worthless, sadness, deteriorating academic performance, extremely sensitive, using drugs like alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, self-harm tendencies, loss of interest in sports and hobbies, anger outbursts, eating and sleeping too much and socially withdrawn behaviour.
Causes: There is no single cause which can explain the depression. It is caused by multiple factors like genetic contribution like inherited traits and family history of psychiatric illness, biological differences in neurotransmitter effects in the brain and hormones, stressful environment, adverse life events like loss of a job, loss of loved one.
Combinations of various modalities are used to treat depression. Long term treatment is
needed in depression.
Stopping treatment abruptly can cause withdrawal-like symptoms and quitting suddenly may cause a sudden worsening of depressive symptoms. Kindly take doctor’s advice before stopping the medications.
The Psychiatry team at Prakriya Hospitals makes
unparalleled efforts in giving the best in the health care industry. Our team consists of well
experienced psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and psychiatric social workers. The team in
Prakriya is dedicated to deliver comprehensive care coupled with latest evidence based
treatments. We are focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and
behavioural disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Our services include child
counselling, assessment and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, de-addiction treatment
(tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, opioids) and multiple psychosocial interventions. The care is
customised to the patient’s needs using various modalities of treatment. Children are evaluated
for mental retardation, learning disorders, hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders
and treated appropriately with a multipronged approach that includes counselling, behavioural
therapy and medication.
Our dedicated team also offers multiple psychosocial intervention services like Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), marital counselling, parent and child behaviour management, child coping skills therapy, individual, couple and family therapy.