Can a preschooler be depressed?

As children get older their likelihood of developing depression increases, but that does not mean that preschool-aged children cannot develop depression. The noted prevalence of depression in children aged 3 to 5 years is 0.5%. Fortunately, this number is low, but if there is any concern that your preschooler may be depressed it is important to seek care from your child's primary care doctor.
Michele Borba
Preschoolers can be depressed. One big mistake is assuming that those preschool years are all happy-go-lucky. “She’s too young to be depressed.” “Real depression is something only teens or adults get.” The sobering reality is that depression does strike kids—even toddlers–and it hits hard.

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