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Children Can Suffer From Depression Too

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“Many doctors and psychiatrists prescribe synthetic anti-depressants for children with depression or other developmental disorders.

While these medications certainly do have their place, it is my experience that they are significantly over prescribed, without first investigating more natural and equally effective alternatives.

It is alarming to see how many children are on a cocktail of prescription scheduled anti-depressants and psycho-stimulants. Often the drugs cause more complications than the original problem itself.

The use of strong scheduled drugs for children also often replaces proper assessment and the use of a complete and thorough treatment program for the child and the family” – Michele Carelse, Clinical Psychologist.

Diagnosis of childhood depression

Childhood Depression is not always as easily diagnosed as adult depression and can be masked. Children who are depressed do not always look sad and ‘down’ all the time, but may have other persistent symptoms that indicate that there is a problem.

If you suspect that your child may be suffering from depression, it is always best to consult a psychologist for diagnosis and to determine the underlying causes of the depression. Children and especially teenagers who talk about suicide should always be taken seriously.

While this is sometimes a way to get attention or may be something the child learned about at school, it could be serious and it is always better to be safe and have your child properly assessed.

Never discontinue prescription medication without first consulting your doctor or a health care professional who is experienced in natural medicine.

Symptoms of Childhood Depression

What is MindSootheJR?

Because of the increasing demand for a safe, natural herbal treatment for children with depression, anxiety, OCD, or those with Autism and related disorders, Native Remedies has developed MindSootheJR Using the same highly successful formula as MindSoothe (adult version), MindSootheJR contains St John’s Wort and Passiflora in child-friendly dosage.

Regular use of MindSootheJR will:

* Assist in the treatment of Child and Teen Depression
* Reduce anger, mood swings and oppositional behavior in children with ODD
* Help to optimize levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, often implicated in some of the secondary symptoms of autism and PDD.
* Reduce anxiety and symptoms of childhood OCD
* Assist with concentration and behavioral difficulties associated with childhood depression
* Improve confidence and lift mood in children with anxiety and self esteem problems linked to depression

Safe all herbal anti-depressant for children without the side effects of prescription anti-depressants

How does MindSootheJR work and what are the ingredients?

The ingredients in MindSootheJR are well researched and have been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Both are very well respected naturopathic herbs and have been safely used for centuries.

Depression is often associated with an imbalance in certain neurotransmitters in the brain, especially serotonin. This is often caused by stress, but may also be hereditary or linked to disorders like autism or other developmental disorders.

St John’s Wort, one of the principle ingredients in MindSootheJR is widely used as a treatment for depression and other disorders associated with serotonin imbalance. It has been well researched and many clinical studies have demonstrated that it can be highly effective in the treatment of depression and other mood disorders.

Passiflora has been extensively used by naturopaths as a calmative and to reduce irritability, restlessness and anxiety. It acts as a natural tranquilizer, without further aggravating the symptoms of depression, which can happen with the use of some herbs like Valerian.

The proportion of St John’s Wort and Passiflora in the remedy has been carefully calculated to ensure therapeutic dosage and maximum effectiveness.

How has MindSootheJR helped others?

“Thank you for your reply….we have a very long and complex story behind our seven yr. old – the short of it is that in just 24 hrs, we noticed a very positive change in him from both of these products. Unbelievable to both my husband and myself. At this point, in the very initial stages of the products’ use, I cannot even begin to explain how pleased we are with the results – you have NO IDEA from whence we came! Thank you more than you’ll ever know.” – Rebecca G.

“Thank you for recommending MindSootheJR for my 10 year old daughter. We were both going through a difficult time after my divorce and I was literally tearing my hair out with her, yet knowing that she was hurting like I was. I noticed that she was much calmer from the first day. She has been taking MindSoothe for about 6 weeks now and I have my sunny, happy girl back again!” Jeanette, U.S.A.

“My son has ADHD. – he always struggled to complete his work and I think that he became depressed because he was always in trouble. We started him on your Focus remedy which helped but he was still very angry and irritable with everyone. MindSootheJR took away the irritability from Day One and he is now doing very well at school and at home” Malcolm, Durban

“I have a child with autism and the doctors recommended that I put him on prescription anti-depressants. One recommended wellbutrin and the other said that paxil would work, but I am not in favor because my child is only 6 years old. We have used the MindSootheJR for a few weeks and I just wanted to inform you that he is much less restless and seems calmer than before, making it easier for me and my wife. I also notice that he does not flap his hands around so much and he used to pick at his skin which is much less now too – only when he is very tired.” – Danny, CT

How old must the child be?

MindSootheJR can safely be used by children from about the age of 6. Children younger than 6 can also use MindSoothe but should be supervised by a health care practitioner.

Caution : Never discontinue prescription medication without first consulting your doctor or a health care professional who is experienced in natural medicine. Do not use MindSootheJR together with other prescription anti-depressants. If your child is very fair in complexion, use a sun block if there is excessive exposure to sun as St John’s Wort can sometimes increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunburn.

How quickly will it work?

MindSootheJR contains two different ingredients, which act in different ways.

The Passiflora takes effect very quickly, especially when presented in tincture form. You should notice that your child is calmer, less irritable and less easily frustrated.

St John’s Wort works by preventing the over-metabolism of serotonin and the effect is gradual, taking 3 – 5 weeks to reach its full potential. Within this period you should notice a gradual improvement in mood and behavior, as well as concentration.

It is important that MindSootheJR be used regularly as recommended. Continue use for about 6 months and then gradually taper off over a period of about 3 weeks. If symptoms do not return it will not be necessary to continue treatment.

How do I administer MindSootheJR?

Instead of the capsules used in the adult formula, MindSootheJR comes in convenient and easy to administer drop form.

Determining dosage is easy as MindSootheJR is especially formulated to be administered at the dosage of one drop per age year of the child.

Dosage: (dilute in 25 – 50 ml water or juice) Use one drop per age year of the child twice daily. For children over the age of 15 years please see our adult formula.

Simply dilute MindSootheJR in a little water or juice (about 1/4 glass). No more fussing and pleading with your child to swallow pills or capsules. Use the recommended dosage in your child’s favorite juice – Nothing could be easier!

How long will a bottle last?

One bottle of MindSootheJr will last 30-45 days.

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