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SAD and your child
As parents we are fully aware of our child's needs on a day to day basis . Here are some tips to help observe any change in our child's mood during the fall to winter seasons.
According to some research done through www.kidshealth.org and reviewed by D'Arcy Lyness, PhD " A form of depression that follows a seasonal pattern , SAD appears and disappears at the same times each year. People with SAD usually have symptoms of depression as winter approaches and daylight hours become shorter. When spring returns and the days become longer again, they experience relief from the symptoms and a return to a normal mood and energy level. "
SAD "Seasonal Affective Disorder generally may short some signs and symptoms in kids and young teens. Studies show that females have four times higher rate than males to develop SAD.
Some simple tips to help your child and its a must to participate in this experience with them:
- See your doctor with your child
-If SAD symptoms are the cause of depression look up as much importation and talk to your child. At this age they are more than capable to understand this information and your interest and open discussion helps
-Find quality time as a family and try and get involved in activities together or encourage as much outdoor and activities with your child . This would be helpful to your a your child
-Take this seriously because its a very easy slope to fall deep into and as we all know depression can mask in various unhealthy forms when trying to cope with fully understanding the cause
- As a teen you can share your own experience with any form of depression you may of had or someone you may know . Its great to have boundaries as parents with your children and necessary , but when getting into teen years shared knowledge to show your empathy with the observations you have seen your child experiencing shows a very "human" , relatable side that opens up a healthy dialogue . However make sure you tailor the information as simply as possible . This isn't about you and your problems , now speaking to your child about YOU . Don't give an added burden of pain and guilt with your life unto your child . The idea here is to share in and understanding and relatable .
The understanding that there is no shame in feeling depressed and SAD maybe the reason ( if it observed and confirmed by a specialist ) This is not a pride moment . Or a moment of " be a man " or ' there's bigger problems in the world moment " This is I AM LISTENING MOMENT
- Most importantly be patient with your child .
HELP without ENABLING
ENCOURAGE without CRITIZING
PATIENCE without DISCOURAGING
SUPPORT without JUDGEMENT
Taking the pressure out of planning the winter months, holidays and family events. time to sit down as parents and work on a firm or flexible schedule together ( without the kids ) and come to some kind of fair arrangement .
The next step to planning depends on the age of the child and how much a part of the planning they should be involved in .
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