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Michaela and MDD
**Please note that I am NOT a trained professional, nor do I pretend to be one. I am, however, the parent of a child who suffers the maladies that consist of and are symptomatic of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Any information given in these articles should be used as what they were intended for...information that I researched on my own and then put to paper using my own words as best I can. The information included in these articles should not be considered as a viable substitute for the expertise, knowledge, skill and/or judgment of a healthcare provider.**
**Also, please note, that I, in no way, allude to the fact of anyone's innocence or guilt. That finger of perception cannot be pointed elsewhere until I take responsibility for my part of anything positive, negative or anywhere in between. There is no fault in any person, place or thing. These articles are merely meant to be for information only, not judgment.**
I have such a sweet and beautiful 13 year old daughter...Michaela Fay. She, by far, surpasses any and all expectations that could ever have been put in place for her. She has many dreams and aspirations for her life and for her future; however, as with any 13 year old, some of those seem to change as much as the days do...lol. She is thirsty for Biblical truth and knowledge, and searches daily for ways to improve her relationships with those around her. As her mother, I am truly blessed and privileged to have her in my life, in my heart and in my soul.
Major Depressive Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder is a disorder that is characterized by a pervasive (tending to spread through every part of) and persistent (steady and determined) low mood. This low mood can be accompanied by a low self-esteem and a loss of interest in normally enjoyed activities. It affects not only the individual; but, also his or her family members and those he or she goes to work or school with. It can cause problems with sleeping and regular sleep patterns and with a person's health in general. The course of this disorder can last for as little as a few weeks or it can be a life long struggle. Treatment usually consists of a mixture of anti-depressants and individual or family counseling or therapy. A child can often be considered clingy, demanding, dependent or insecure, when, in fact, said child could be suffering Major Depressive Disorder.
**It should be noted that not EVERY child who is clingy or demanding or dependent or insecure is also depressed. I certainly cannot give you this diagnosis at this time, or any time, in regards to your child. If you feel your child should be seen for a problem or issue, please, I implore you, talk to your primary care physician for further discussion, diagnosis or referral to a trained specialist.**
There are three important factors that may, or may not, lend themselves to the causes of Major Depressive Disorder. One thing to remember in the diagnosis of this disorder is that there is no one factor, no one person, no one environmental influence, that can give full credence to the disorder; there are several issues combined that make a person the way he or she is.
- BIOLOGICAL FACTORS: Scientists and researchers believe a link may be found in an individual having depression and a loss of neurogenesis of the hippocampus, which is the part of our brain responsible for mood and memory. Neurogenesis is the generation, or growth and re-growth, of neurons, or brain cells.
- PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS: There are many aspects of a person's personality, and the development of his or her personality, that play an integral part in the occurrence and/or persistence of a depressed mood. It is a negative emotionality; for example, believing that the glass is half empty instead of being half full. It is the style of coping within the individual that leads to how much resilience, or the springing back of positive emotionality, that the individual has within him- or herself. It is a self-defeating thought process. There is a great hope; however, in that persons who exhibit depressive behaviors can reflect on and challenge themselves in their thinking and thus improve their mood and/or self-esteem.
- SOCIAL INFLUENCES: It should be no surprise that society can play a role in how a person becomes depressed or considers himself or herself to be unworthy of being a part of society. Influences such as low social rank, hard relationships, perceived rejections or being bullied are among those social angsts that can pull an individual into the deepest, darkest depths of his or her mind.
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