Mental health is the least privileged topic in our society and health sector fraternity. The lack of physical manifestation unlike other disorders and the orthodox notion of being called “Mental” restricts the much-needed attention. Clinical depression or mental health issues are silent killers, claiming millions of lives worldwide.
The age bracket of depression
Adulthood confined depression, due to loss of loved ones, broken relationships, or financial and professional issues, is a preconceived notion of our society. On the contrary, the latest studies have widened the age bracket commencing from early childhood. Research highlights that social isolation in children has long term effects on psycho-emotional development along with a negative impact on brain structure and functioning.
Tracing the origin of depression
“Human beings are social animals” highlights the gravity of social behavior since time immortal. Mental health is regulated by a close-knit framework of biological, psychological, and social factors. The latter being a prerequisite for healthy mind development during the early years of life. Loneliness management is far more challenging in children, due to the constant state of psycho-emotional evolution. Emotional turbulence, incomplete cognitive development, and lack of analytical thinking in early childhood can magnify the detrimental effects of loneliness. Therefore; minimization of later by healthy socialization from the very beginning is warranted.
Self Socialization: management of child subconscious mind
Current research has highlighted the immediate and prolonged effects of loneliness on stress management ability of mind in children. Thereby, making children predisposed to depression in later years. The gross adverse effects of loneliness duration are far more overwhelming than the intensity per se, as pointed by researchers. Training children subconscious mind to recognize, evaluate, and understand the emotions, similar to growing up in physical dimensions is crucial. Emphasizing and educating for the bigger picture known as life with “ALL IS WELL” affirmation and solution derived approach should be taught from early childhood. Systematic handling of emotion and channelizing energy towards creative thinking via the understanding of mind machinery is requisite. Socializing with the self and outside world, counseling, and family support can determine the attenuation of detrimental effects in children. This way of living or exercise has far more magnitude while dealing with children’s mood disorders. Disturbed socio-emotional state due to stressful events or sedentary behavior can be rectified by engaging with self and others.