Management Of Depression In Children Aged 14 Years?
Hello, I have a 14 year old sister. The past two years he’s been acting weird. his appetite is reduced, his attitude is also more silent, he also often cries to me without cause, he also rarely socializes now. I thought maybe he was depressed, because I had found him hurting himself. What should I do about the doctor? And what kind of anti-depressant drug is roughly right?
Thank you for the question.
Decreased appetite, more silence, often crying without cause, rarely socializing with the environment, and tend to do actions that hurt themselves can indeed be part of symptoms of depression. However, that's not all, many other psychiatric disorders that can also cause clinical symptoms like this, for example post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, psychotic disorders related to alcohol or drugs, personality disorders, delusional disorders, schizophrenia, and so on. Before checking your sister to the doctor, you should not be too early in concluding the conditions they experienced.
In addition to the various psychiatric disorders above, it may also actually be that your younger brother's behavior arises purely because of the mild stress he is dealing with regarding problems in his life, for example when he has to part with a loved one or object, when he gets bullied from his colleague, when he is not succeed in achieving the desired goals, when experiencing domestic violence, and so on.
To be clear, you need to take your sister to see a doctor or psychiatrist. Through in-depth psychiatric interviews, surely doctors can distinguish, which conditions are still reasonable in nature, and which have indicated a psychiatric disorder. In this way too, of course he can give your sister the right treatment, not always with medication, but can also with psychotherapy, family therapy, cognitive therapy, and other therapeutic modalities.
In the meantime, as a sister, you should do it first:
Invite your sister to talk from heart to heart, maybe there are things that block the mind and heart, which is difficult to express to others If your sister has a problem, do not blame him, but help him find a solution Help your sister rise from the problem, convince him that his life is too meaningful if only to lament the problems or mistakes he has ever done just invite your younger sibling to do things he previously liked, such as vacationing, doing hobbies, joking with loved ones, etc. Don't let your sister daydream, daydream, especially entangled in promiscuity Accompany your sister to live a healthy lifestyle, starting from sleeping and getting up regularly, eating healthy and nutritious food, exercising every day, stay away from cigarettes and drugs Hopefully it helps yes ..