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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Depression In Children

A 12-years old boy was held on suspicion of killing his parents before gravely wounded his younger siblings in a violent rampage that shocked residents of Burlington near the Kansas border. Mr Charles Long, 50, and Mrs Marilyn Long, 51, were found dead in their Burlington home after the boy called 911 to report that three people has been shot by him.

This is the shocker: The family had seven children, from ages 5 to the mid-20s and all were well known at the local church.

Their Pastor, Ron Lee said:  The boy now being held in the killing helped in the local church by greeting parishioners before services and working with video equipment:

The question is this, what could make a 12 years old boy kill his parents and his brother? I think the best answer to this question is depression.

Childhold depression is an ailment that interfere with a child or adolescent's ability to function. Studies have showed that four out of every 100 teenagers experience depression every year.

Symptoms of children depression

·         Having feelings of guilt, worthlessness, failure.
·         Loss of interest in activities which once were fun.
·         Conflicts with parents and siblings than usual.
·         Physically or verbally aggressive at everyone.
·         Abandoning favorite hobbies or sports or other routine, daily activities.
·         Misuse of drugs and alcohol.
·         Frequent absences from school.
·         Always complains of being bored .
·         Becomes troublesome in class (both teens and children).
·         Stops going out with friends, shows no interest in group outings.
·         Changes in eating and sleeping habits.
·         Having thought of suicide.

What you can do

If you a parent and your child is experiencing some of above symptoms, you need to seek help from a professional therapist or psychologist. The therapist will daignose and profer solutions to the problem.  

I believe that with proper diagnosis and treatment, the child will be able to overcome depression.

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