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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…
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.
When you see a picture of a knight fighting a dragon do you think, "Now that's courage?"Depending on the circumstances, you may be right. But what is courage really? And, do you have to be a knight in shinning armor before you can be courageous? The answer is "NO!"
Courage is the ability to do something even though it scares you. It's being bold, brave, and determined to face a situation that might make your knees shake and your palms sweat. Courage is that part of your mind and heart that says, "I have to do this," and it takes all forms.
I see kids just like you show their courage every day. There are kids who stand up for a friend when another kid tries to be the bully. There are kids who know when to back down from a fight. There are kids who know words cannot hurt. There are kids who raise their hand in class even though the thought of answering in front of their peers makes their stomach queasy. There are kids who walk up to the new kid an…