When children and adults are living with depression it can be difficult to motivate yourself and family to move. But move you must. Exercise is proven to be as effective if not more effective than medication in the treatment of depression. Absolute fact. NCBI illustrates the following in several peer-reviewed studies: “Following 16 weeks of treatment, groups did not differ in their level of depressive symptoms, suggesting that exercise and standard antidepressant treatments were equally effective. Interestingly, a follow-up examination of these participants conducted 10 months after the completion of the treatment period showed that participants in the exercise group showed lower rates of depression relapse in comparison with both the sertraline and combined groups. Moreover, participants who reported engaging in regular exercise during the follow-up period were more than 50% less likely to be depressed at their 10-month assessment compared to non-exercisers.” Why is that?
Grace, will you tell me a little about your education and background?
I received a sociology degree from Hanover College and went on to earn my MSSW at the University of Louisville. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT ) and I have worked in the field of child and family therapy for 13 years. Currently, I work as a supervisor and school-based clinician in a community mental health organization.
What do you think is most important for parents to understand about childhood/adolescent depression?
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We can make up all kinds of reasons as to why it is easier to feed our kids processed food. But I am here to tell you we have been sold a bill of goods by real fine advertisers and the general population at large. Please humor me for 3 minutes of your precious Friday and read further as to why I think they are just plain ole’ wrong. When you buy real food from a farm and not a factory there is so much you don’t have to worry about.
Looking for reasons to feel good about living in Wichita? Well, stop right here. Really, don’t move your mouse or swipe your finger. If you are visiting this site and, in particular, my post then it’s safe to bet you have children. And if you have children then you are well aware they have their own set of feelings, thoughts and behavior. The delicate balance of these three little components makes up your child’s emotional well-being. I am sure you keep up on the news, even a little…usually hiding in a closet on your smartphone or cuddled up in your pajamas in bed with one eye barely open, nonetheless, you are current. So you don’t really need this child therapist to tell you our small people are reaching a pandemic level of illness. Anxiety and depression have increased by 30% in American teens. Suicide is now the second cause of death among adolescents aged 15-24 and that rate has doubled in the last 10 years. I could continue but I will get to the positive side of my story because there is, in fact, a positive side.
Kids who live with depression, anxiety and/or OCD spend an extraordinary amount of time in their head. Ruminating over negative thoughts, worrying about past and future situations and focusing on scary and sad feelings leaves many children and teens zapped emotionally and physically. They are too consumed by what is happening in their mind (real or not) to focus on what is occurring outside of themselves.
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You can shout, “Hey You!” Call me “Old girl.” “Lady.” “Middle-aged mother.” I would even answer to: “Hey woman with the stray black hair on her chin.” Because the names would all be true. Call me anything but a “stay”-at-home mother. This name is more than a tad inaccurate and in a world of fake news accusations and lies passed as truths; I prefer to come as close to honesty as I possibly can. Yes, I live in my home but I do a little more than just stay there. Don’t you?
If parenting is judged on personal aesthetics, you know I am losing the battle. You can tell by my outfit I am not competing. If you look closer, you can tell by my behind I am completely out of the competition. But it isn’t just about who looks the best in their mom jeans anymore. “OMG Becky look at that…” Yeah, that’s right. I just quoted Sir Mix-A-Lot. And?
Returning to school can be a trigger for many children, teens and even parents. The flexibility of the summer gives way to the rigidity of the school year and with it comes an increase in anxiety, acute and chronic stress and depression. Whether your child struggles with a clinical diagnosis or not does not take away from the impact the beginning of an academic year can have on a child’s thoughts, feelings and behavior. Make sure your child gets off to a good start when the school bell rings. Try out my ideas below: