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“When I do something wrong, I feel bad,” the first puppet said.

“When I do something wrong, I do feel bad,” the boy responded.

These symptoms may indicate depression, particularly when they last for more than two weeks:
The history of mental illness has been, in many ways, an ongoing lowering of the bar to entry. Depression was originally seen as an adult problem with origins in childhood, rather than something that existed in children. The psychoanalytic view was that children didn’t have the mental capacity for depression; their superegos were not sufficiently developed. “One of the most important mental-health discoveries of the past 10 to 20 years has been that chronic mental illnesses are predominantly illnesses of the young,” says Daniel Pine, chief of the emotion-and-development branch in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program of the National Institute of Mental Health. They begin when we are young and affect us, often profoundly, during the childhood years, shaping the adults we become.

“Who would put you in the trash can?” his mother asked.

It is extremely important that depressed teens receive prompt, professional treatment.
The base camp-expedition model at SUWS of the Carolinas, a therapeutic wilderness program, gives teens an opportunity for orientation and extra support, and has served as a model for other wilderness therapy programs across the country.


“You would,” he replied in an accusatory voice.

A government-affiliated task force has issued a report calling upon physicians to routinely evaluate their teen patients for signs of depression.

Young people today report feeling more stressed than ever, and as a result, are turning more frequently to sleeping aids and prescription medications for relief. Teens who are stressed from school and can't sleep are turning toward sleeping pills for a quick fix.

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So Klein turned to the study of temperament and depressive tendencies in young children. About a decade later, he is one of several academics focusing on preschool depression.

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Controversy over whether could occur in teenagers, something we now take as a given, persisted until the 1980s. First adolescents, then grade-school children were considered too psychologically immature to be depressed. Stigma was a major fear. “There was this big worry that once you labeled it, you actually had it,” explains Neal Ryan, a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. By the early 1990s psychiatrists had come to recognize that depression occurs in children of 8, 9 and 10.

A. G. Schauss, Diet, Crime and Delinquency, Parker House (1980)

Depression that is not biochemical is often caused by the critical or negative messages that we tell ourselves. We are our own worst critics. The negative messages we tell ourselves could stem from our childhood. Even though it is important to explore your past, you also have to learn to cope more effectively with the current symptoms.

L. Christensen, 'Psychological distress and diet' Ibid.

“We realized, Gee, maybe we better look more carefully at preschool, too,” Pine says. “And that’s where we are today. The issue of diagnosis of depression in preschoolers is being looked at very carefully right now.”