In the year 2021, Dr Horn decided to have a look at the effects of depression on children in the UK. He investigated how the social pressures on our children had created the vacuum for depression that in turn affected their behaviour and emotions. His work has been widely reported in the media including the Oprah Winfrey show. His main focus has been a report on the effects of child depression on school performance. This report showed us that there is indeed a link between childhood depression and school failure.
According to Dr. Horn, he believes that parents bear the greatest responsibility for a child's happiness or unhappiness. He believes that it is possible to teach children at an early age the basic values that we all should embrace as a family. Depression should not be allowed to develop in any child who is still in the innocence of childhood, and must be treated as a medical condition that requires psychological treatment. Depression should be treated in children as soon as the symptoms appear, before they cause serious damage to the child's health and personality.
Parents play a crucial role in helping their children to combat depression. It is important for parents to know how to identify the signs of depression in their children and to encourage their children to seek help if they need it. They should take their children to see qualified psychotherapists for regular sessions that would help them explore the reasons behind their depression and seek effective means of treating it. It is important for children to talk about their problems to competent adults in order to encourage them to seek help for themselves.
Unfortunately, Dr Horn says that we are not always supportive enough of our children in battling this illness. Many parents are too quick to criticise their kids for perceived weakness or inability. The pressure to conform to societal expectations often leads to criticism from parents. The result is that children become even more depressed and more reluctant to seek help. Even worse, some parents exacerbate the situation by saying things to the children that can make them feel even worse.
This is why it is important for parents to have open communication with their child's physician so they can be assessed thoroughly for depression. The doctors can then recommend the best course of action for the child. If the depression is identified . . . . . . early on, it is possible to provide the necessary treatments for combating it. These may include the use of medication, therapies and self-help programs.
Children need to be encouraged, nurtured and supported in fighting depression. They need to feel that they are loved unconditionally. They also need to know that they are not alone in facing this battle. As Dr Horn says, “In the struggle to overcome depression, our children must first come to understand that we do not judge their depressions as childish or teenage emotions. It is something serious that impacts their lives.”