I have read a few articles on this topic lately (and also on its connection with ADD/ADHD, but that may be an entirely seperate topic) and I was wondering other's thoughts on it. What do you think about studies that say that children as young as 3 or 4 can be clinically depressed? If not, why? If so, how do you think it should be dealt with? I personally would be leery of medicating a child that young, but what if it's the only option? I don't really know what else to say except to ask your thoughts!
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 5:15 PM on Jul. 21, 2010
Answer by sati769leigh at 8:14 PM on Jul. 20, 2010
Answer by jennifer588 at 8:17 PM on Jul. 20, 2010
Answer by aliceinalgonac at 8:22 PM on Jul. 20, 2010
I would say it is more likely a child that age would be withdrawn/fail to thrive rather than "depressed" given the right circumstances-but I am sure it can happen. Abuse can cause alot of damage....and I would guess that would be the main cause. I think if there is a problem like that-the problem needs to be addressed. I would say medication should be the last resort....
Answer by connorsmom1970 at 8:23 PM on Jul. 20, 2010
Answer by AdrianaS at 8:24 PM on Jul. 20, 2010
Sometimes I ask myself (Not really) why would you want to turn your child that young into a petrie dish when sometimes it cannot be helped my son had cancer and he had drugs that were putting full grown people under the table. I had him on medication for ADD and I sat down after a year and said to the doctor no. She said why and I looked at her with an are you serious look. The lesson for my kid was for us to parent him and not push him to something we had no idea of what the side affects were going to be. We started to look at our parenting or I did and I realized medication was not the answer. There has to be something to do before they medicate.
Answer by pinkdragon36 at 8:30 PM on Jul. 20, 2010
Answer by connorsmom1970 at 8:31 PM on Jul. 20, 2010
Answer by Nyx7 at 9:11 PM on Jul. 20, 2010
Answer by keyaziz at 1:31 PM on Jul. 21, 2010