Depression 101


Misunderstood and sometimes seen as an invention of society, depression in children is nevertheless very real. Because of their constantly evolving development, it is sometimes difficult to make the difference between a normal and passing behaviour and something that is not. You should keep an eye on the following:

  • Unusual loneliness, isolation;
  • Loss of interest for school and daily activities;
  • Agressive behaviour at school and with loved ones;
  • Sleep problems;
  • Mood changes : impatient, negative, emotional.

There are several alternatives and it is important to explore the different options and their impacts on your life. Contrary to popular belief, the systematic use of medication is not always indicated. Psychotherapy alone is sometimes sufficient. The path to recovery and the return to normal life take time and discouragement is common. There is no point in skipping steps and risking a relapse, which is hard to accept and often more serious.

There are many organizations where you can go to find solace, talk with other people who are going through similar things, and where you’ll find the help you need to cope with everyday life and break the isolation. There are many resources in all regions of Quebec. For more information, check with your local HSSC or click on the links at the end of this article.

What happens next?

When your energy slowly starts to come back and the sky doesn’t seem as dark as it once was, there’s a big temptation to resume a normal life, and the danger is to then do too much. As with any other illness’s remission, you have to go step by step and listen to yourself. Many people want to prove that they’re strong and capable, often in response to their lowered self-esteem. You have to learn to say no, and it’s also a great opportunity to reflect on yourself and life in general. It’s a transition towards a healthier lifestyle, one that’s in line with your aspirations and values ​​. We often hear that people come out of it changed, often positively. However, having suffered from depression once does not immunize you against a relapse. That doesn’t mean that it will happen again either. Following your own pace and listening to yourself is paramount. Healing is not just possible; it’s the case for most people. You have to believe in it!

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Claudine Lévesque

Claudine is a trained inhalotherapist and has been working in hospitals with a diverse clientele for the past six years. She is also the mother of a little naughty 3 year-old named Emily-Rose. Various personal and professional experiences have enabled her to gain expertise in mental health and perinatal care. In addition, breastfeeding her daughter for 18 months was a true revelation for her, hence her part-time involvement  as a breastfeeding sponsor for over two years. Hoping for a future career change, Claudine is currently studying at Laval University to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Certificate in Psychology.

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