Is it important to identify pre-schoolers with anxiety and depression?

An experiment was done to frighten the children. In this experiment adults leaded children of age group between 3 to 7 years to a dimly lit room with a covered heap. They were convinced to enter the room by saying things like “let me show you something”, or “let’s stay quiet so that it doesn’t get disturbed”.

On removing the glass container, they took out a realistic looking plastic snake. This was a 90-second observation, in which each child was obliged to wear a motion sensor fixed to their belts. These motion sensors were used to measure the child’s movement when they suddenly turned around or speedily moved backward at 100 times per second.

1.What did the researchers want to prove?

The thing what the researchers were trying to find out by this experiment was whether children diagnosed with depression or anxiety had different movements to such a situation than the children who are mentally stable. And it turned out to be exactly what they had thought in the first place.

Children with diagnosed anxiety or depression were the ones who moved further away from the object they thought they had a threat from than those who were perfectly alright. It has been discovered that children as young as 3 years old can suffer from mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. In their defense, such children tend to hide their feelings and emotions from the world.

This is not a matter that can be ignored because such children are most likely to have a mental or physical health problem in the future as said by Lisabeth DiLalla, who is a developmental psychologist at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale.

2.Can we do something about it?

Luby, who is a psychiatrist at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis thinks something can be done to avoid this situation. Luby has arrived at the conclusion that if this issue is tackled from an early stage, a lot of children’s can be saved. Preschoolers with depression or anxiety should be identified and treated as soon as possible.

This will help them feel the same joy as the other children do at this sensitive young age. The earlier a child is diagnosed with a mental disorder, the easier it would be to treat them.

3.Treatment at an early stage

There have been many cases where an adult with a serious mental disorder was examined and then later it was found that he/she had something traumatic or unusual childhood. This clearly shows that such situations can be prevented easily if such cases are taken into account at an early stage rather than waiting for the person to show major psychological symptoms. We should all stand together in this cause.

Parents should make sure their child is not experiencing anything unusual in the house, the school premises or even places other than that like play areas. Stay close to your children and make them comfortable with you so that they aren’t reluctant to share their experiences with you.