According to the latest study, at least two-thirds of parents are struggling to detect signs of depression in their children,
According to the latest study, at least two-thirds of parents are struggling to detect signs of depression in their children
Up to two-thirds of parents are struggling to detect signs of depression in their children, according to a study conducted in the United States. Researchers from the University of Michigan noted that although the majority of parents say they are confident of recognizing depression in their middle or high school age, two-thirds acknowledge barriers to detecting specific signs and symptoms.
What did the study suggest?
According to the survey based on responses from 819 parents with at least one child in middle, youth or high school, 40 percent of parents struggle to distinguish between normal mood swings and signs of depression, while 30 percent say their children are good at hiding feelings.
"In many families, preteen and adolescents bring dramatic changes both in youth behavior and in the dynamics between parents and children," said Sarah Clark, co-director of C.S. Mott Children & # 39; s Hospital National Poll on Children & # 39; s Health.
"These transitions can make it particularly challenging to read about children's emotional states and whether there is a possible depression," Clark said in a statement.
One-third of the parents surveyed said that nothing would interfere with their ability to recognize the signs of depression in their children, researchers say.
"Some parents may overestimate their ability to recognize depression in the mood and behavior of their own child. An over-parent can fail to pick up on the subtle signals that something is wrong," Clark said.
Depression is familiar to students in middle and high school
The survey also indicates that the topic of depression is too familiar to students in middle and high school. In the survey, one in four parents said their child knows a friend or classmate with depression, and one in ten said their child knows a friend or classmate who has died from suicide.
"Our report reinforces that depression is not an abstract concept for today's teens and parents or their parents," Clark said.
"This level of awareness of depression and suicide is consistent with the latest statistics showing a dramatic increase in suicide among American youth over the past decade. Rising suicide rates highlight the importance of recognizing depression in adolescents," she said.
Clark said parents should stay vigilant when it comes to detecting any signs of potential depression in children, which can range from grief and isolation to anger, irritability and acting.
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