Childhood Depression Essay

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     for that reason. Children tend to express their sadness by behavioral changes, poor Recognizing the symptoms and early signs of childhood depression, seeking diagnosis and treatment and learning to live with and accept the disorder and still live for yourself are all important steps for knowledgeable parents.      Childhood depression has only been recognized as a real clinical problem for about twenty-two years. Before that time, children that exhibited signs that are now recognized as depression were thought to be behavioral problems that the child would grow out of. Psychiatrists believed that children were too emotionally and cognitively immature to suffer from true depression.…show more content…
It is rarely seen in babies, but it is often a disturbance between the relationship of the infant and the caregiver. Post partum depression, which effects 25-30% of mothers can in turn effect the mood of the infant. An unformed/broken bond, separation, illness or death can contribute.                               1. Depressed mothers talk, cuddle and show less affection. Babies are sometimes rejected because they are unwanted, premature or malformed.      Preschoolers are more aggressive, self isolating, restless, plagued by sleeplessness and nightmares and are less apt to follow rules or make friends when depressed.      Older, school-age children may avoid school, feel misdirected guilt and express their depression by changes in mood and behavior. One in every ten children 6-11 years-old is depressed. Family dysfunction and low self-esteem are seen to be the two major contributors of depression in this age group.      Periods of sadness are a normal reaction to disappointment, failure and distress. If the depression is due to a major factor such as divorce, death or other major life stressor the period will
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