Childhood Depression Awareness Day is a worldwide holiday aimed at raising public awareness of the problem of childhood depression. It is a nervous disorder characterized by an apathetic state, gloomy thoughts, lack of mood. Negative states can often be observed: irritability, crying, etc. The problem should not be ignored, otherwise there may be problems in the child’s development. The holiday is celebrated annually on Tuesday of the first full week of May.
The history of Childhood Depression Awareness Day dates back to 1997, when it was established as an initiative of concerned parents of children with depressive symptoms. Childhood is the most important period for every person, because this is where personality formation, socialization and many other things take place. Statistically, children who had an unhappy childhood face various problems in adulthood, or do not succeed at all.
Childhood depression can be a consequence of CNS diseases, but it can also be formed due to poor conditions of the social environment. Physical abuse, an unfavorable climate in the family, and bullying by peers are the main causes that are fraught with the appearance of depression. For therapy of this condition, it is worth contacting child psychologists who will determine the cause of its occurrence and effective therapy methods.
- Depression can often be confused with childish resentfulness and moodiness. The clearest sign is a persistent bad mood that lasts more than a week.
- According to the WHO, about 11 percent of minors suffer from depressive disorder.
- Experts say that depression can be genetic. If mom or dad had depression at a certain age, the likelihood that the child will have it increases.
How to celebrate
Spend the day with your child: visit amusement rides, go to the circus, etc. Have fun with your child, because a smile is the best way to prevent depression. If your child has any anxiety symptoms, see a psychologist.
Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask users with children if they have ever experienced childhood depression. If so, how did they solve the problem?
When is Childhood Depression Awareness Day celebrated in 2024?
Childhood Depression Awareness Day is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May each year.