Depression Striking Early

What Do You Think?

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Early-Years Depression

So this post comes from reading a news article the other day.  On Psychology Today, Robert T Muller Ph.D. talks about depression striking as early as preschool age.  He states that depression affects approximately 4% of preschoolers in the US, a number that increases by 23% ever year.  Apparently it is an increasingly common thing that people can identify.  Robert Muller says that doctors and therapists are better equipped nowadays to ensure that it can be treated better.

In a news report from WNDU, Maureen McFadden has said one of the early warning signs is if your child seems sad all the time or doesn’t enjoy playtime the way he or she used to.  That’s when there should be some concern.  Parents should also watch for things like irritability, eating disturbances and sleep problems such as difficulty going to sleep or waking up during the night.  Increased negative self-perception is also an indicator.

Potential Causes

On WedMB, Kathleen P. Hockey, a licensed social worker who has also suffered from depression, says there is no single thing that causes depression in children.  This is according to NMHA’s Children’s Mental Health Matters campaign, she says.  Potential causes include things like life stresses – losing a parent, perhaps due to divorce – discrimination, a family history of depression.  She also observes that things such as abuse, neglect and other traumas of chronic illnesses can be contributory factors as well.

David Fassler, MD, says that depression in children will often occur alongside or along with other mental health problems, notably anxiety and bipolar or disruptive behaviour disorders.

Over To You

What do you think?  Is depression amongst preschoolers something that’s possible or is it something that is more applicable only to older children and adults?  Someone can be born with diabetes or liver problems but can a 3-year-old have depression?

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Talking Thoughts Through

Opening Thoughts

A couple of thoughts for you about the past couple of weeks.  Over those past few weeks, we have seen the birth of this blog.  You’ve had a chance to get to know me a little through the Inside My Head series – stay tuned for part 4 next week!  I hope you’ve found that insight useful.

This week also saw the launch of our Talking Things Through series.  I’m really excited about this one, as I think one of the biggest problems with mental health is that no one really talks about it.  As stigmatised as it has become, it’s quite unusual for people to be completely open about it, wouldn’t you say?  I hope that this series will equip you with the tools for talking about mental health but also encourage you to talk to the people you know who are struggling.

Over To You

Today, I’m interested in hearing some of your stories.  Do you know people going through depression?  Have you had conversations with them about it?  What kinds of things do you talk about?  Do you have any key pieces of advice that have helped them or perhaps things that haven’t worked out?  Let me know about your successes or near-misses in the comments below.

Alternatively, perhaps you’ve never tried to talk to anyone about mental health.  It might be a topic you’ve always shied away from, unsure how to approach it.  I’d like to hear from you as well!  What stops you from talking about it?  What could encourage you to talk about it?  Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

Let’s get talking.  What’s your take on mental health discussions?  I’d love to know!

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