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How To Know If Your Teen is Being Molested

Most of the time, children bear the brunt of abuse. Statistics show that abuse (whether physical, sexual or psychological) does not come from strangers, but more often from people that children know. Studies show that 65% of child molestation or incest come from homes where there are more than 6 or people inhabiting the same household, live below the poverty line, and share a communal room with either the father, foster father, and brothers or cousins. Children are very trusting and innocent, that most abusers prey on it. And they are oftentimes led to believe, or threatened by the predator, that they do not report the abuses done to them. And it is because of this that they repress the bad experiences. Repressing this, however, manifests in other forms. Here’s how to spot the signs of abuse:

 

  1. Nightmares of monsters – children’s experiences are more animated than that of adults; which is why when they have bad dreams, the perpetrator is sometimes referred to as monsters or bad creatures. When children have these recurrent nightmares, it could mean that the child is having a repressed experience, or is experiencing some trauma due to an unwanted experience.
  2. Increased clinginess, or the need to be beside one or both parents – Children who have been molested, or are being physically abused, will tend to gravitate towards the other parent who is more nurturing and loving; and will avoid being near or be afraid of the person who is abusing him/her.
  3. Unusual sexual behavior for a child’s age – Oftentimes, children who have been molested, will tend to associate that “touching”, or “caressing” is a form of affection, and will somehow manifest this towards persons of the opposite sex.
  4. Withdrawal symptoms or extreme sexual overtures towards the opposite sex – Children who have usually been cheerful and bubbly, but become morose and withdrawn or quiet in a matter of days is something to be concerned about. They either become very irritated when touched, or approached by members of the opposite sex; or too inquisitive and adventurous for their age in terms of sexuality.

 

March 12th, 2017

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Depression and How It Affects Children

children-depressionDepression is said to be one of the silent killers in society. It can affect all people no matter what their economic status is, their gender or their age. Even children today do experience depression and the negative effects it entails. Some people think that depression only affects older people as they may have a tendency to overthink about their problems. But this is a wrong belief because children are also among those groups of people that are affected by this psychological state.

In Phoenix and Paradise Valley, a lot of factors also contribute to the high risk of children being depressed. Some of these factors include socio-economic status, hunger, lack of attention given by parents and bullying among many others. These factors, when ignored, can increase the chances of children experiencing massive depression attacks even at early ages.

What others fail to see about this condition are the bad effects it can have and the reaction of both the physical body and the mental health of these children. Depression greatly affects a person’s way of thinking. In severe cases, people tend to temporarily forget (assuming that it is not intentional) to take care of themselves.

For children’s cases, they end up losing appetite and they begin to feel restless even at night. This puts a toll on their bodies and their health. Because their body is weak, their mind cannot perform its cognitive functions well. Because of this, children experience noticeable effects of depression, such as sudden weight loss, refusal to eat, being irritable and not being able to respond properly in situations that need their actions.

Cases of children affected by depression are more delicate because of the fact that they are not as good as adults when it comes to dealing with the effects of it. Unlike adults, children at early ages cannot do activities that can serve as their “outlet” for negative emotions. They cannot drink alcohol or be engaged in physical activities such as sports because their bodies cannot handle the rigors of these events.

It is then important for parents, school authorities and even government officials to see to it that proper actions are taken to avoid the onset of depression attacks among children. If there is any way to prevent it from happening, they should do everything they can to do so. Otherwise, they will be forced to deal with the undesirable effects of depression as seen in many children in places such as Phoenix and Paradise Valley. There is no need to wait for these to happen when you can already prevent the problem.

March 3rd, 2017

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