It is a sad thing that mental health of young children was neglected throughout the history. New research, funded by NIMH, shows that even young children can suffer from depression. It is up to the adults to recognize the signs and provide adequate help.
These signs have been observed in children under 3 years old. Fortunately, the times are changing and mental health professionals are more willing to provide diagnosis for such young individuals. Traumatic experiences and events are the most common reason for depression among kids.
A recent study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, shows otherwise. The research found that depression in young children is real and can be identified as young as two years of age.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that a third of Americans show signs of clinical depression and anxiety. But we are also now seeing a spike in teen depression.The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that a third of Americans show signs of clinical depression and anxiety. But we are also now seeing a spike in teen depression.
The diagnosis is tricky because the child has limited verbal skills and can’t express his feelings and sorrow and symptoms can be easily misinterpreted as just a “bad day.”
"Dr. Luby found that depression most common in children whose mothers also suffered from the disease or other mood disorders."