Dr. Busman said she worked with children who might say: “I don’t want to commit suicide, but I feel sad, I don’t know what to do.”
If your child talks about dying, ask your child what he means. If you are worried, you can seek help from a therapist. She said that such a statement may be a true signal that the child is in a difficult situation, so please do not ignore it, and do not write it down for the purpose of attracting attention.
How does treatment help?
Jonathan Comer, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Florida International University, said: “Parents should take the child’s symptoms very seriously.”
In a longitudinal study in 2016, Dr. Kovacs and her colleagues tracked the course of depression from childhood and found recurring episodes in later life.
Therefore, if you find changes in activity interruptions, irritability, sadness, fatigue, or sleep disturbances lasting for two weeks, please consider evaluating the child by someone who is familiar with the mental health of children in this age group. Starting with your pediatrician, he will learn about the resources available in your area.
Dr. Busman said that parents should adhere to a comprehensive mental health assessment, including collecting medical history from the parents, staying with their children and talking to the school. The evaluation should include questions about symptoms of depression and look for other problems, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or anxiety, which may be the source of your child’s distress.
Dr. Comer said that early treatment is effective. “There is a lot of evidence that family-centered treatment of childhood depression-focuses on family interactions and their emotional impact.” He said that for children aged 3 to 7, The parent-child interaction therapy called PCIT is often used to guide parents and help them emphasize and praise the positive evaluation of the child’s behavior.