Optimism in youngsters protects against depression
New research published in the scientific journal Pediatrics shows that being optimistic, in addition to playing a role in improving adult health, also seems to make the The researchers evaluated 5634 students in Australia, aged 12 to 14 years, for three years, evaluating how optimistic they were and asking questions about emotional problems, drug abuse, and substance abuse problems. According to researchers at the Murdoch Children's Center in Melbourne, Australia, high optimism in adolescents seems particularly useful in protecting against depression, reducing the risk by about half compared to those who are optimistic low. When the researchers divided students into four groups based on optimism levels, those in the most optimistic group had 50 % more likely to develop symptoms of depression in the next 12 months than those in the lower optimism group.
They believe that the cause for lower incidence of depression in optimists is that they have less loss of self-confidence and do not harbor so many negative thoughts , which has a protective effect.
Some signs of depression in young people
- Sudden changes in behavior not justified by stress factors are of paramount importance and should always be valued and investigated as potentially depressive symptoms. > - Irritability is a frequent symptom, although not very specific in childhood psychiatry, and can be seen in normal children, but it is a symptom really common among depressed children and adolescents. Irritability becomes pathological when any stimulus is felt to be disruptive and the child or adolescent exhibits unpleasant, hostile, and eventually aggressive characteristic hyperreactivity.
- Mood changes with a strong component of irritation, bitterness, disgust, or aggression if (9) - Depressed adolescents clearly report depressive feelings such as hopelessness and difficulty concentrating and are often angry and hostile.
- Depressed adolescents report clearly depressive feelings such as hopelessness and difficulty concentrating, Hopelessness, disbelief, and the feeling that things will never change can lead to suicide.
-Increased or decreased weight, appetite and amount of sleep may vary, as well as varying degrees of lack of energy and lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities.
- Voluntary social isolation, hypersensitivity to failure, rejection
- Thoughts of suicide, willingness to die or to plan for death itself are found at all ages, changing only degrees of intensity and frequency, being less common in children and more common in adolescents and should be addressed at any age.
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