How to Spot Preschool Depression
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Dr. Sylvia Gearing shares the latest discovery in child psychology - childhood depression that is almost identical to adult depression.

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How to Spot Preschool Depression Childhood should be a time of innocence and wonder. Our children should be happy. The new research now suggests a frightening reality. Preschoolers may be at risk for clinical depression. Here’s what this thing research tells us. Depression often begins in childhood wherein the most important discoveries of psychology over the past two decades. It’s been that chronic depression often begins when we are very young. The trauma of depression can have an enormous effect on the developing personality of your child. Copping with depression diverts energy away from the normal activity of the childhood such as playing with peers or competing in sports. Depression strikes early. Depression is at epidemic rates and strikes a full decade earlier than it did a generation ago. These days we’re seeing increased number of kids that showed the classic signs of clinical depression, fatigue, irritability and withdrawn. In fact preschool children showed the same brain fluctuation that depressed adults show. In other words, their brains are acting the very same way. Hardwired for depression, depression is a chronic disorder and in 90% of cases, it comes and it goes. The worst part is that if you have depressive episodes, your brain has then hardwired to re-experience depression and making your threshold for relapse lower. 50% of the time, depression strikes again creating more suffering and setbacks. Now parents here are how preschool depression is different from and adult depression. Anxiety is often pronounced, anxiety symptoms such as fear of separation, reluctance to meet people, school avoidance and physical complaints such as headaches and stomachaches are much more common in depressed kids than in adults. Socially withdrawn instead of the typical lying in bed all day, kids maybe not be very social, depressed kids simply give up to avoid the stress of failure and to prevent the painful prospective they launch onto your after setbacks. Show the pain in play. Rather talk or think about ending your lives, many kids they draw pictures and create stories about violence, depression and death. What they cannot express with words, they show in their drawings and then in their play. Now that you know how to spot preschool depression, make sure to watch part two of this segment what to do about preschool depression. For more information and tips, please me on Twitter at Dr. Gearing, friend GearingUp on Facebook or please read my blat Gearingup.com. I'm Dr. Silvia Gearing.