The Need to Belong

 

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Photo Credit: Mary_on_Flickr via Compfight cc

Human beings all crave to belong. We want to have friendships that support us and make us feel good. However, when we start to feel no longer wanted by others, we experience the weight of loneliness and isolation. This is especially true with adolescents. A recent article about bullying behaviors connected these negative behaviors to feelings of not belonging.

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What caused my child’s depression?

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Photo Credit: Leo Reynolds via Compfight cc

Have you ever thought about what the source of your child’s depression symptoms are? Have you discussed with them why they think they have depression?

A recent study from the United Kingdom explored 465 adolescent participants with diagnosed mild to severe depression. From the interviews with the participants, the researchers created three common beliefs of how the adolescents believed their depression developed.

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