The Middle Years Ministry

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, the Pivotal 5th-9th Grade Years. The middle ground between children’s ministry and high school ministry. The age where 85% of people make their final life-long faith decisions.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

News U Can Use: "Early Signs of Middle Years Depression (and what to do about it)"

"All children and adolescents feel sad or down at times. However, when such feelings persist and are accompanied by other symptoms — such as loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable activities, irritability, fatigue, changes in sleep or appetite, or trouble concentrating — it may be a good idea to see a mental health professional.

Depression is relatively rare in young children, but rates increase dramatically in adolescence and into adulthood. Approximately 20 percent of the population experiences depression at some time in their lives.

Changes in mood or behavior

Knowing the signs of depression can help parents know when to seek help. Many parents start to notice that their child is spending more time alone in his or her bedroom or just does not seem like the same happy kid anymore. In children and adolescents, depression is often characterized by an irritable mood, and some parents notice that their child is crankier or more easily annoyed than before. Others may exhibit a lack of energy and trouble concentrating. Some parents notice a drop in their child’s grades, and teens may complain of difficulties with motivation or attention. Depression presents differently for each teen.... 

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