Socio-economic Problems of Parents Mentally Affecting Children – Psychologist
General information for Monday, October 11, 2021
Ebenezer Tetteh Kpalam, clinical psychologist, said parents’ socio-economic problems mentally affect children, some of whom suffer from depression.
He said depression and anxiety became high in children as most of them were stressed due to the socio-economic challenges their parents faced in improving their standard of living.
Mr Kpalam said this in an interview with Ghana News Agency in Tema on Sunday as the world commemorates Mental Health Day on October 10 to raise awareness about mental health and related issues.
It’s on the theme: “Mental health in an unequal world”.
He said some parents have even made a habit of enrolling their babies in boarding schools and that, coupled with other factors such as late sleep and leaving children to fend for themselves while parents were at work, they had ended up depressing the children.
He noted that most children, due to their age, are unable to express their mental health issues, which could develop into more serious mental illnesses as they grow older.
Mr Kpalam said children had more unanswered questions from parents and caregivers, making them unsure of the problems and the resulting anxiety.
He said some children also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder due to trauma they may have suffered, such as leaking abuse from a loved one or flooding.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ghana is among the countries most affected by violence in the home, he said.
He called on parents and caregivers to note that the way they do things impacts their children and therefore the need to include them in everything they do.