Kids as young as 3 years old can have Major Depression and it can impact brain development as well as affect emotional regulation, concentration and focus.
Play therapy is most effective treatment for preschoolers who suffer depression.
If you wonder if your child suffers from depression, here are some red flags:
- Feeling sad for no reason and lasting long periods of time.
- Emotional and behavioral changes.
- Social isolation and withdrawal.
- Anger and aggressiveness.
Utah Association For Play Therapy is a great resource for parents if you would like to find a therapist and seek treatment. utahplaytherapy.org
Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S is a sought after supervisor, speaker, and trainer. She is currently the President of UAPT. In addition to being an experienced play therapist and professor, she frequently appears on local and national media as an expert on children and family issues.