24 May
Sareeta Behera

Childhood Depression and its Aftermath

childhood trauma



“There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding, which constitutes a new hope and a new responsibility for all.”

-Erik Erikson-


The ripple of situations in which life manifests itself is multifarious. Sometimes, it brings in incessant happiness and at other times it comes as a cast of gloom and vicissitudes. In the constant striving of balancing different shades of life, man encounters both positive motivation as well as negativity. He is showered with ecstasy, elation, confidence and fulfilment on one hand and stress, frustration, depression and other such experiences on the other. Life is somewhat fruitful for the one who has an effective adaptability and coping skills. Counter wise, it becomes an unbearable journey if his/her pains and sufferings are not resolved.

In the clamber of varied situations, often children become the worst sufferers. Their tender age, lack of ample life experiences, innocence and lack of empathetic understanding on the part of their family/care givers makes them more vulnerable towards the negativities of life. Among the innumerable stabs of pain that children suffer, one of the most common aspects is depression in childhood. When it is overlooked or left untreated it can lead to more fatal situations including self-harm and suicide during adulthood or any stage of life.

Causes of Childhood Depression:

A child can fall a prey to depression due to various reasons. The depression can range from everyday generalized depression to severe clinical depression. Some of the reasons of childhood depression are:

  • Inability to cope with life transitions,
  • Lack of understanding, quality time, empathy, positive nurturance on the part of hi/her immediate family/care givers,
  • Isolation or bereavement,
  • Child neglect and abuse,
  • Wrong peer influence, constant comparisons with others,
  • Ill treatment by the family members or significant others,
  • Not being valued or respected,
  • Divorce or separation of parent, adoption, disrupted or broken families,
  • Neuro-chemical imbalance in the brain and so on...

Cascades of life-threatening experience creep in once a child starts suffering from depression. Starting from low grades in school, becoming withdrawn and silent to low self-confidence, self-harming and suicide…the aftermath of childhood depression can lead to devastating consequences. Therefore, it is imperative to help children cope and overcome their depression before it becomes too late.

Overcoming Childhood Depression

There are a lot of ways in which innocent children can be saved from the hellish experiences of childhood depression. Some of them are:

Respecting the Right to Life with Dignity of the Child:

 Every child on this Earth has the right to appropriate survival, protection, development and participation. While, all this can be met with efforts, ensuring the right to life with dignity of the child is the most significant step towards helping a child with depression. From a psychological perspective, it means to love, respect and accept a child as he/she is. Once this is ensured and internalized…the child will see a new sunshine at the end of the tunnel.

Unconditional Positive Regard:

“I can understand you”, “It is not your fault”, “I am there with you”…such words impart relentless empowerment and strength to children who are suffering from depression. As parents, care givers or responsible adults, it is our responsibility to shower unconditional positive regard to the children who are dwelling in gloom and despair.

Quality Time and Empathy:

In today’s fast paced life we have everything but time. But, this is what the little children require – Our quality time. No matter whether it is just 15 minutes or an hour; the quality of time that you spend with a child matters a lot. The time can be used to understand each other, be empathetic and enhancing acceptance, sharing experiences, interests, positive memories and smiles. These little endeavours mean a lot to children and help them to keep sadness and depression at bay.

Active Listening:

No matter how small children are or how they communicate…each and every part of their word and behaviour is their unique way of communicating their needs, problems, challenges, experiences, thoughts and concerns. Try to actively and patiently listen to the children to understand their part of the world and be a strong support system for them.

Professional Help:

If everything fails and the child is sinking into chronic/acute depression and other symptoms like suicidal ideations/ self harm, other psychological problems; then it is high time to take professional help immediately.

We, at ewellness experts are awaiting your consent to help you and your child to overcome depression and gift him/her a positive life for a lifetime. We offer quality and confidential online depression therapy via email, telephone, video chats and other modes to help children in need of counselling, medical help and therapies. We are just a click away. Please feel free to contact us and get your child enrolled with our online ewellness depression therapy at www.ewellnessexperts.com and enable us to enliven your child’s life…

Responses 2

  • Maria Thomas
    Maria Thomas   Feb 23, 2018 03:50 PM

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  • Manaswini Venkateswaran
    Manaswini Venkateswaran   Jun 26, 2017 12:19 PM

    I'm glad this article exists. Depression at such an early age can be quite damaging later on in life. When left undiagnosed and untreated, it can greatly hinder healthy development. 

    Having the cloud of depression casting a shadow over what is supposed to be the happiest period of one's life can make one feel deprived and left out. No child deserves to sit on the sidelines while his/her counterparts enjoy their childhood the way they are supposed to. 

    Also, when you've been depressed for a major part of your life, you are unable to distinguish the illness from who you are. It becomes a part of your identity, which is never good as you hold onto it and the chances of relapse are greater.

    Moreover, it's much more difficult to embark on journies on self-discovery as you get older. Childhood depression takes away your chances to find out more about yourself, your interests and abilities. Thus, the earlier you catch it, the better.

    It's remarkable how these tiny things that parents do or don't do can change so much about the way the child sees the world. This article is a must-read for every parent. Good job!

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