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kids with depression?

Postby Still the Luvpies » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:31 am

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i am not to blame for my sons depression, as some of those on here know that there have been long running issues with abuse being suffered by our sons at the hands of their biological father, i asked for advice not a mental health assessment questionare, sorry if that sounds harsh to following poster but I wasnt saying i cared about the shit the kids were fed, i was looking for ideas as to food that might help boost my sons mood whilst he is with us and the most recent case of abuse which he has suffered is investigated.

I will continue to support our son, by telling him that i'm sure dad didnt mean to do the things he did
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Re: kids with depression?

Postby trinder » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:25 pm

First and foremost I am replying to your post because I feel so bad for you and your son. I have never been a parent so cannot fully understand how troubled you must be.
If I could though ask a personal question ? then explain why.
Have you suffered from depression? I ask this because my understanding is with animals and if we have an anxious mother then she will usually have anxious offspring. Just pursuing this line if there is nothing you can do about him going back to his dad you could try to pretend that you are not worried so much about the s****e he is feeding him.
No you cannot change how you feel but you may inadvertently be adding to your sons worries. I know this is harsh but if he loves his Dad then any criticism of his Dad would be upsetting for your son.
I would not suggest that you try to ignore the bad food issue just lighten it up a bit with added comments like, good job you' have good features, and so the zits wont matter (ha ha)
I do work with troubled youngsters and the one thing that is the same for all of then is that they may criticise their family but we must never actually join in, merely acquiesce.
good luck and I hope your son soon feels better about his life.
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Re: kids with depression?

Postby dustydave » Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:56 pm

Sounds like you are doing a grand job!

I should think that any food types that have a slow energy release, that don’t add to the downs once they have been quickly burnt up – so whole grains, proteins (lentils, oily fish is great) rather than quick release (white fluffy) carbs. bit of dark chocolate – cheers me up! Oh and bannanas are supposed to be good, I’ve always found that any food that is cooked specifically for someone can help to confirm your affection for them.

Good luck!
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Re: kids with depression?

Postby Maykal » Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:42 pm

St John's Wort (hypericum perforatum) is supposed to be good for depression and can be readily made into 'tea'.
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Re: kids with depression?

Postby The Riff-Raff Element » Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:01 pm

Dark chocolate is supposed to be good, as has been suggested. I think that low GI "comfort foods" - so pasta, hearty stews with dumplings, baked spuds, that sort of thing - might be helpful. There's been a little research done suggesting that limiting high sugar foods can improve behaviour in young people - not that I am suggesting there is a behaviour issue, but it might do the same for boosting morale, as it were.

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Re: kids with depression?

Postby Still the Luvpies » Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:10 pm

thank you, st johns wort cant be used as his dad will not allow him any medication, even that prescribed by a gp, and i dont want him to have to go down the route of hiding things from dad as and when he does have contact with him in the future if you see what i mean.

after we have got the little ones to bed we intend to eat chocolate and watch rubbish tv, we shall make sure it is dark
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Re: kids with depression?

Postby Maykal » Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:37 pm

Not sure I'd class St John's Wort as 'medication'. It's just a plant or generally it comes in regular tea bags, just like other herbal teas. I'm sure his dad wouldn't mind him drinking some herbal tea, would he?
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Re: kids with depression?

Postby Still the Luvpies » Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:07 pm

he also wont give time of day to that hippy**** the man is very closed to anything that is not his doing unfortunately, which is why i was thinking along the lines of feel good foods that my son would like that he could then ask for in packed lunches or for brekkie sort of thing.

He is currently curled up watching starwars having had a big bowl of porridge with dark chocolate melted into it
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Re: kids with depression?

Postby Zech » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:36 pm

Some time ago I was recommended yellow foods for depression, especially at this time of year. It sounds a bit nuts, and the person doing the recommending was a homeopath, so it probably wasn't based on any tested theory. On the other hand, recently I've been suffering from seasonal depression and found myself craving bananas and apricots. Hard to tell whether the improvement in mood was due to the fruit, but I think there might be something in it. Could be worth a try, perhaps. They're certainly easy to add to the diet without it being obvious.
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Re: kids with depression?

Postby thesunflowergal » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:54 pm

Babe, I didn't read this post until after you deleted part of it. You and Mr LP are fantastic parents, who are loving, caring and extremely nurturing don't let anyone make you feel otherwise.
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