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Depression and preschoolers

I am sure I am over reacting and reading in to something that isn't a big deal but I am a bit worried about DS.

 He was diagnosed with Disruptive behavior disorder-Nos this fall and they told me with that diagnoses he has a high chance of becoming depressed or to have anxiety issues.

This past week he has not been himself at home. He has been lethargic, sad, sleeping a lot and just not his normal sensory seeking self. I don't know if it is the bad weather getting to him, we have had days on end of snow and haven't been able to play outside in months.

I personally get terrible winter blues, but this is very abnormal behavior for him. There are moments he is himself and his teachers at school haven't noticed anything.

Nothing in his diet or sleep habits (what sleep habits!) have changed.

At what point should I worry and give his doctor a call or am I over thinking things?

Diabetic, 2IF, PCOS; blessed beyond words to be called "mommy" to Drew (6/30/09) and Alynn (5/16/11). Andrew David: mixed receptive/expressive language phonological disorder, sensory processing disorder, Disruptive Behavior disorder-nos and insomnia. Image and video hosting by TinyPic blog

Re: Depression and preschoolers

  • While anxiety is usually pretty evident even in preschoolers, depression is very, very rare in children under school age. Most younger children with depression are more likely to present as irritable, quick to anger rather than the classic "down in the dumps".

    My son has an ASD, sometimes when he's ill or fighting off a bug that's going around he can seem quiet, he sleeps much more than normal and many of his ASD related behaviors are significantly reduced. If he's feverish, he can almost pass for NT.

  • Thank you, that is what I needed to hear.

    Maybe he is just coming down with a cold. I hate not knowing what is going on!

    Diabetic, 2IF, PCOS; blessed beyond words to be called "mommy" to Drew (6/30/09) and Alynn (5/16/11). Andrew David: mixed receptive/expressive language phonological disorder, sensory processing disorder, Disruptive Behavior disorder-nos and insomnia. Image and video hosting by TinyPic blog
  • This time a year I vote for virus.  Every child I know is sick, getting sick, or getting better from being sick.

     

     

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  • Seriously. We all passed a nasty cold around earlier this month. DS slept one day from about 8pm until 4pm the next day and was back in bed by 9. It was ridiculous.
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