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Kids: When Sadness Becomes Depression
All kids at one time or another feel sad, down, or blue. It's a normal feeling for kids and adults. But when that sadness lingers--when it doesn't let up--when it saps your energy--when it interferes with your normal life--or, when it hangs over you like a cloud until it seems like you are never going to feel happy again--your sadness may actually be depression.
You've heard that word before, but have you ever wondered what it means and what to look for if you think either yourself or a friend is depressed.
Depression is more than a sad feeling that stays with you for an hour or even a day or two. It is a medical condition that can make you feel unimportant to the people around you. It's a hopelessness that can affect your health, your mental attitude, and your relationships. It can cause you to lose sleep, not eat, get angry at even the smallest thing, cry all the time, keep you from focusing in class, make you overly tired, and no longer want to be with your friends or family.
So what can you do if you think your sadness is more than just sadness? First, realize you are not alone. There are over 17 million people in America who suffer from depression. For kids, it's almost 1 in every 33 who are affected according to Kids Health, and for teens it's 1 in every 8. So, you are definitely not alone. But here's the tricky part, you need to reach out. It may be one of the hardest things you do, but in many cases your life depends on it. If left untreated, depression can lead to drug or alcohol addiction and even suicide.
So, if you think you are suffering from depression, talk to your parents, your school counselor, or your doctor.
And remember, you are very, very special. There is no one like you in the entire world, and the world is a better place with you in it.
One of my 2017 Bill of Children's Rights, is your right to an education. Now I know for some of you the idea of school makes you roll your eyes and sigh. However, for 101 million children, according to UNICEF, the ability to go to school is denied.
For them there are no books, no teachers, no homework, and no education. They will not be able to read or write, and for a large number they will not be able to even add or subtract simple equations. There are many reasons they are denied an education. For some, there are no schools. For others, school is a luxury that only a minority can afford. For even more however, they are denied school because they are girls, or their culture is different that the government's, or the government just does not have enough money to provide all their citizens with an education.
These kids are destined to become part of the growing illiterate (not able to read or write) adult population of almost 760 million adults who do not have the means to m…
Racism is the belief that skin color, or heritage, determines a person's abilities, strengths, and characteristics. It also means that everyone whose skin or heritage belongs to a specific group is either inferior or superior to every other group. Racism breeds discrimination, prejudice, anger, and even violence.
Children have been prevented from attending school because of racism. People have been refused medical treatment because of racism. World wars have been started because of racism. And, millions of people have died because of racism. It is important that you understand that because you are the future, and it is important that you--the children of the world--say "NO" to racism.
Racism is not new. It's been with us for centuries. As a child, I even experienced racism because my mother was part Native American. She was called a "Breed", and we were her little papooses. Or as one of my second grade teachers called my sister, "Little Chief"…
I love dinosaurs, and I know I am not alone. Just the idea that an animal bigger than a house might have walked right where I live is fascinating. That's why I always check out the new books for kids on dinosaurs. The one I want to highlight today is the story of Toby.
Toby is a newly hatched T-Rex. You would think that there was nothing in the world that could frighten a T-Rex especially when he has a giant mama to protect him. But Toby is small, and in the pre-historic world, small is not always a good thing. Small things get eaten by bigger things. So, when the giant bird swoops down and steals Toby from his nest, Toby thinks he is never going to see his mama again.
But, all is not lost. Instead, Toby sets out on a fantastic journey to find his mama. Will he succeed? Will Toby find his mama? You have to read "Dinosaur Toby: Finding Mommy", a Kindle book, to find out. Get your copy today. It's free to read if you have Kindle Unlimited, or only $1.99 to buy. Her…