MU research shows adults have difficulty recognizing depression in children

1 year 4 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, August 30 2018 Aug 30, 2018 Thursday, August 30, 2018 3:54:00 PM CDT August 30, 2018 in News
By: By: Celine Pence, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Researchers at the University of Missouri found differences in opinion that teachers, parents and children have about whether or not children are depressed.

They found children in second and third grades are more likely to see themselves as depressed than their parents and teachers. Children showing mild to severe signs of depression are also three times more likely to have skills deficits.

"We've looked at it in a unique way to better understand how adults see child depression, and how they sometimes don't see it," said Keith Herman, professor in the MU College of Education. "What we've learned is that even though adults, teachers and parents may not be good at detecting whether kids are sad or having other symptoms of depression, they actually are pretty good at identifying other things that go along with being depressed."

Herman said childhood depression is a major public health problem that can lead to lifelong consequences. He learned from other research that a lot of the time, childhood depression goes unnoticed.

"The vast majority of them are not getting services for their depression. I'm really interested in ways to help adults and school personnel identify the kids that can benefit from services," he said.

Of the students, teachers and parents in the study, 66 percent of all three groups agreed the children were not depressed. However, the other third found children thought they were depressed, while the teachers and parents did not think the children were.

Jessica Tappana, the founder and a full time therapist at Aspire Counseling, says many parents, teachers and other loving adults don't think a child could possibly be depressed at that point in life.

"It's not always the result of something terrible. It can be a chemical imbalance, she said. "Younger kids don't have the skills to cope, so it can leave them to question themselves. If an adult says it's not that bad, then they might wonder, 'what's wrong with me?'"

She said sometimes symptoms can be mislabeled as something we think of more quickly, like ADD, ADHD or even physical problems.

Tappana said symptoms of depression in children can include inability to concentrate, irritation, sleep changes, withdrawal, a lack of interest, hopelessness, changes in appetite and any mention of suicide. She said it's important for parents to be aware of these symptoms and take notice of changes in a child.

"If there are any thing that doesn't feel right, reach out and ask a mental health professional. Go with your gut. It doesn't mean something is wrong, but seek a professional opinion," she said.

Herman said it's important to catch depression early.

"In cases where parents aren't sure or teachers aren't sure, we encourage them to use findings from this study and other studies to start getting their antenna up when they start to see kids who are struggling academically or socially to ask the follow up question: might this child not only be struggling in these areas, but what's the emotion toll that's having on the child?" he said.

More News

Grid
List
ASHLAND - Ashland Police Officer George Roberson was recognized at last night's Ashland Board of Alderman meeting for his actions... More >>
1 minute ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:03:55 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council voted 5-1 to allow Raising Cane's the conditional-use permit necessary to build a... More >>
36 minutes ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:29:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A week after the Supreme Court of Missouri upheld that part of the voter ID law which... More >>
52 minutes ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:13:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
MID-MISSOURI - A multi-day storm system is on its way to Missouri and could lead to icy roads and snow... More >>
52 minutes ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:13:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in Weather
Authorities say a suspected drunken driver who was behind the wheel of a stolen Arkansas sport utility vehicle has... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 8:01:39 AM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One youth organization is looking to make big strides this upcoming year to stop climate change. The... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:22:00 AM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA—Lucky's Market in Columbia will remain open, while the two other Missouri stores, and others across the country will... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:19:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Memory Strategies is hosting a STEM workshop for parents and teens at the Daniel Boone Regional Library. ... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:02:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - One man and his dog are wrapping up a cross-country adventure that is far from ordinary. Michael Angelo... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 5:05:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia is preparing on Wednesday morning for possible winter weather. A 22 person work crew... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 5:00:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - New Fire Chief Andy Woody always knew he wanted to be a firefighter because he grew up around... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 4:42:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Tuesday marks what Jay Minor is hoping will be the first day of his last legislative session.... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:29:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in Continuous News
BOONVILLE - Kelsey Breshears only worked at Pinnacle Hospital for a year, and now she's on the hunt for a... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:11:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Bobby Bostic wasn't supposed to see freedom after his prison conviction at age 16 - his sentence... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 2:31:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The man accused of opening fire inside of Walmart on West Broadway on Friday night threatened to kill... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 2:19:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A gunman who opened fire outside of a Kansas City nightclub, killing a woman and... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 1:10:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in News
ROCHEPORT - Twenty vehicles crashed on Monday at the I-70 Missouri River Bridge near Rocheport. The Missouri State Highway... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:45:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in News
(RENTON, Wash.) - The Boeing 737 Max is officially on hold. The assembly line in Renton, Washington, has stopped... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 9:39:00 AM CST January 21, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 32°
3pm 35°
4pm 33°
5pm 35°
6pm 34°