Depression In Toddlers – Causes, Symptoms & Remedies

Depression In Toddlers

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Is your toddler not expressing joy? Does she look sad or act overly aggressive? Did you notice that she suffers from mood swings almost all the time? If you find yourself nodding along in agreement, then consider reading the post. She might be suffering from depression. But don’t worry just yet! Here we look at some pointers to help you understand and identify depression in toddlers.

Depression is not just an adults’ thing. Young kids, including toddlers can also contract depression. If you thought that depression is only a grown up condition, you’ve got another think coming!

Childhood Depression:

Childhood depression is a common condition and many toddlers around the globe suffer from it. Parents can’t usually tell if their kid is depressed and don’t seek remedies. Symptoms like inability to express joy or pleasure, self-criticism, lack of enthusiasm, frequent mood swings are just some indicators that hint at the possibility of depression. The symptoms can take a turn for the worse, and the child may turn suicidal. Typically, depression is a phase, and it passes with time. However, clinical depression may soon escalate to a chronic condition.

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Signs Of Depression In Toddlers:

The toddler depression symptoms may vary for every toddler. However, some common ones include:

  • Sadness, low energy and mood swings.
  •  Your child may exhibit feelings of irritation, anger, sudden outbursts or continuous tiredness.

As childhood is the most crucial part of life to mould children into better individuals, it is essential that you identify childhood depression and take the necessary steps.

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Depression or the onset of depression can occur due to many things.

  • Your child may suffer from depression due to physical surroundings, which include critical incidents like death of a family member.
  • Conflicts, and an unfriendly family atmosphere, diseases, health issues and improper diet also lead to depression in children.
  • If you have a family history of depression, it can directly affect the child.
  • A strained relationship with your partner can lead to depression in children. So, remember to lead by example. Don’t fight with your partner. If you do have to argue, make sure your little one does not see or hear you while you do it.

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So, how do you treat toddler depression? Well, you visit the psychiatrist and let him work his magic. You can also try some remedies to supplement the doctor’s treatment, which include:

  •  Spend quality time with your toddler. Limit the amount of time she spends on electronic devices.
  • Try talking to her about anything and everything. It will help you build a rapport with her, and it facilitates a secure feeling.
  •  Indulge in combined physical activities, reading sessions.
  • Talk to them and understand whether they face bullying or other forms of abuse.

Medications and therapy are the main treatment methods for childhood depression. It may be a slow and uncomfortable procedure, but it does have positive results. So, remember to support your child as she goes through the phase.

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Identifying The Problem Is Important:

Many-a-time, parents, neglect the symptoms or triggers and dismiss them as natural emotions or changes in the behavior. Even temper tantrums can be the symptoms of depression. The best thing for you to do is read about the condition and be able to identify it so that your little angel can enjoy her childhood to the fullest. After all, she will grow up one day.

So, share this essential information with other moms. Does your child suffer from childhood depression? How do you manage the condition? Tell us about it below. Your experiences will help other moms in similar situations.

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