Depression In Preschoolers
September 7, 2010 · Posted in K-5 Kids, Mental Health, Parenting, Preschoolers · Permalink

 

The New York Times Sunday Magazine ran an article entitled  Can Preschoolers Be Depressed? by Pamela Paul on August 29th.  In this piece Paul, author of Parenting Inc., thoughtfully explores the prevalence of mood disorders in children. While there is controversy and difference of opinion about the treatment of these children, there is widespread agreement that dperession in young children exists, and that many adult with depression can trace their depression to youth. The article is hopeful in that it reminds us how malleable and plastic the child brain is in childhood and the benefits of early intervention. The entire range of developmental difficulties including autism and behavioral issues are helped immensely by early recognition and treatment.

If your child has prolonged lethargy, lack of interest in play, a consistently pessimistic outlook, chronic complaints about unhappiness or negative beliefs about themselves, don’t necessarily chalk it up to a stage. You know your child and if you have a feeling that something is not right speak to the preschool teacher or pediatrician and ask for a referral to a child specialist. There is no harm in looking carefully at your child’s mood. Many children feel a great sense of relief when their parents take steps to address their sadness and worries.

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