Development Disorders

Depression

Most people think of depression as a problem for adults or perhaps teens. However, because depression results from an interaction of environmental factors such as stress and genetics, even very young children can suffer from depression. Depression is characterized by long period (2 weeks or more) where the individual experiences feelings of sadness or loses interest in things that they normally like to do. However, in children, depression can be expressed by more than usual clinging to a parent, worry (usually about a parent dying), sulking, feeling grouchy or even frequent temper tantrums.

Depression has very serious negative effect on both brain and physical development, so it is important to have your child evaluated and treated by highly trained professionals such as those at the Center for the Advancement of Youth (CAY).

Helpful links

You can find more information about depression at these sites: