I have dealt with a similar situation and I agree that something in her life is causing this issue. If you are going through divorce or other kids are in the house she may feel like everything going on that maybe wrong is her fault. I went through a divorce a few years back and my son started to say, "I feel worthless" "I'm stupid and I hate myself." I stepped out of my box and realized that I didn't stop to tell my 4 year old, it wasn't his fault. Also, look into your life and see if there is alot of anger around. Smile when you see her and try to keep positive. If something life changing hasn't occured, I would say go to the doc NOW. I also suggest, to spend at least an hour each night with her reassuring that you love her. Read a book, play a game, color whatever she may want. Over time children will start expressing what is really through art and toys. It worked with my son. I wish you good luck.
at 2:00 AM on Dec. 5, 2008