An Eight-Year-Old Boy Has Been Diagnosed With Depression!

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We knew that mental health problems were affecting children as well, but this still came as a surprise. An eight-year-old boy has had to seek professional help after being diagnosed with depression!

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His name is Chesney, and he’s just a little school boy, but he’s diagnosed with depression.

The boy’s mother Stacey Mills first noticed her son Chesney’s behavior change about six months ago when he started becoming angry, withdrawn and struggled to sleep at night.

Stacey added that Chesney’s moods had become increasingly difficult and that he didn’t want to go to school, preferring to stay home.

"Even when he was at school he was not joining in with activities or expressing himself." his mom says.

"I thought I was a bad parent. I thought it was something I had done wrong but it was just the way Chesney was feeling.
He said he feels alone and doesn’t know why. He said he thinks about sad things all the time. He thinks about losing his pets and that something is going to happen to his mummy or daddy. It’s heartbreaking.__He said he doesn’t know why he is thinking sad things and that he is scared of being alone. One minute he’ll be fine and the next he’ll be in tears."

Stacey, who has bipolar disorder herself, eventually realized something was seriously wrong with her son and she took him to their doctor who diagnosed the young boy with depression.

She was then referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services who gave Chesney one-on-one support and certificates for attendance which encourages him to come in.

He also attends a group called ‘Wishes and Feelings,’ which helps children express their emotions when they don’t know how to and encourages them to be open with people.

Chesney is still awaiting an official mental health diagnosis, and although Stacey is confident he’ll start to get better, she has encouraged parents to not be afraid to look for help if they notice similar symptoms in their own children.

According to figures from the Office of National Statistics, 10 percent of children in Great Britain aged between 5 and 16 have a mental health problem, with 4 percent of children suffering from an emotional disorder such as anxiety or depression.

If you are worried your child is depressed, you should get professional help as soon as possible. Because although we think otherwise, mental illnesses can seriously affect children as well.

Article source: http://www.unilad.co.uk/life/an-eight-year-old-boy-has-been-diagnosed-with-depression/

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