Depression found in 15% of preschoolers

Sydney Morning Herald August 31, 2009

ALMOST 15 per cent of preschoolers have abnormally high levels of depression and anxiety, and a difficult temperament at five months of age is the most important early warning sign, a study has found. Highly strung or tense four and five-year-olds are also more likely to have mothers with a history of depression than children who are not anxious or depressed. The study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, was based on annual interviews with 1759 mothers about their children’s behaviour from five months to five years of age.