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Psychiatrists are increasingly supporting findings that depression can and does exist in young children. Suicidal tendencies may be present in 5 year olds. Children of this age group are also being found to have a range of psychiatric disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder, behavioural disorders, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. Public debate rages over the use of drugs to treat childhood psychiatric illnesses. 15,000 two year olds were treated with antidepressants in 1995 in the US. Symptoms of depression in young children can include excessive aggressiveness, frequent stomachaches and headaches, joyless play and a depressed or sad demeanor. Parents need to be aware that it is possible for young children to have psychiatric illnesses.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Twin Cities - Pioneer Press
About: Very young children can and do suffer from depression
Date: 31 October 2004
Source: Twin Cities - Pioneer Press
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