Children and Depression
Even though the medical circles haveknown about childhood depression for quite some time now, they haveonly recently begun noticing depression at very early age. Namely,children in preschool, who are even younger than 6 tend to expresscertain signs of depression if exposed to certain causes of it.However, this was not visible before since we had not been payingattention to the different symptoms which affect the youngest amongus. While in adults, depression results in a decrease of the libido,small children experience lack of desire towards playing and havingfun.
Moreover, there are cases wherechildren have bouts of sadness between series of normal behavior,making this problem hard to notice and, thereby, treat on time.Nevertheless, these behavioral changes can easily evolve into a fulldepression when the child grows up or grows older. Therefore,adequate treatment should be provided as soon as the symptoms ofchildhood depression get noticed.
Symptoms of Depression in YoungChildren
One of the first and most prominentsigns of depression with preschool children is overly apologeticbehavior, excess of fears or even phobias, regression and many othersigns which should be looked for and, when noticed, treated.Depressed children of this age are often irritable and complain aboutsome kind of physical pain, exhaustion, fatigue or other things whichseem to be without logical basis to the parent or the caretaker.Also, avoiding socializing with other children or participating inregular childhood activities like playing and having fun are alsocommon signs of this problem. Anger issues, bouts of crying and anoverall negativity followed by a strong sense of worthlessness andrejection add on to the list.
Finally, depressed children may haveproblems with sleeping or may suffer from a lack of appetite.
These signs may take place individuallyor in a group, more than one manifesting at the same time. Therefore,you need to pay attention to your child's behavior, dealing withdepression as soon as it becomes visible in your little one.
Treatment for Childhood Depression
The best thing to do, once you noticethe symptoms mentioned above, or any other forms of unusual behaviorin your child, is to take the child to a professional childpsychologist or a school psychiatrist as well as to some person withsimilar expertise.
There, after being carefully examined,the best treatment for their depression will be prescribed, usuallyinvolving certain lifestyle changes. Also, there are some newtreatments for childhood depression which hold great promise. Theseare based on the Parent Child Interaction Therapy and the child'semotional development, correcting negative factors related to andcausing depression in children.