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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.
"What is sexual harassment?" my granddaughter asked after listening to the news last week. It's a good question, and one that all kids should be asking.
Basically, sexual harassment is another form of bullying. Only with sexual harassment the comments, gestures, suggestions, threats or unwanted physical contact is aimed at your body parts, your appearance, of your sexuality. It can occur at school, after school, on your job, or even at your home, and it is NOT just an adult problem.
Both boys and girls can be victims. In fact, some experts believe that 1 out of every 7 boys and 1 out of every 4 girls will become victims. Why so many? One of the answers is social media. Kids as young as 5 years old are now carrying smartphones, and smartphones offer an easy and efficient way to intimidate, bully, and sexually harass other kids.
Kids with smartphones and computers can now receive unwanted texts, emails, and even pictures, and since some texts now disappear shortly afte…
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"…
EEK! I didn't realize I ad been gone so long. But I am back with a series of books for the fantasy reader in you.
It's from one of my favorite fantasy authors, Kevin Hopson, and it's all part of the Vargrom series. The Fire King is the first book, and here's a hint--there be dragons.
The planet Oabrora faces a perpetual winter after a human mage, Vico, causes all the volcanoes in the dragons' homeworld to erupt. Three dragon siblings survive the blast and set out on a journey to bring the Vico to justice. But there is a far worse enemy on the horizon.
You can get your copy as an ebook or in print at Amazon.
P.S. I loved this book. The personalities of the three dragons combined with an adventure that could end both them and the world around them kept me turning page after page.