Anxiety and Depression in Young Children: How to Treat?
I have a beautiful, smart, funny and creative granddaughter who is 8 years old. From early on, we realized that something was not quite right.
My daughter took her daughter for therapy. Once therapist actually asked her not to come back because my granddaughter would not cooperate. She finally did find someone and she continues to work with her. There is no doubt that my granddaughter likes to do her own thing, in her own time, in her own way, as well as being the ‘boss’.
My daughter has been concerned that her daughter might have anxiety and depression. She is an only child so she is right out there! To my surprise and pride, she made an appointment to my granddaughter to get evaluated. I have an (adopted) nephew who showed many of the same symptoms as a young boy. His mother was told that she should have him evaluated, but she didn’t. By the time he became a teen, his behaviors escalated and has been hospitalized a couple of times. He is now in his mid-20s and lives at home, cannot work a full time job and suffers from severe anxiety. In addition, he is on the spectrum. Seeing all this play out has worried my daughter into action.
This week was the first appointment with the psychiatrist. She isn’t putting it down officially yet, but she thinks my granddaughter suffers from anxiety and depression. You should know that my father, me, my son, my daughter and her husband (the father), all suffer from anxiety and depression. Given the strong family history, the doctor suggest that medication, along with therapy would be beneficial. The suggested med is Zoloft.
I’ve done my research and everything she is recommending sounds right. Here is my concern regarding medication…as I stated, she is VERY smart, creative and funny. I worry she will lose these fantastic traits. I am a former educator who has seen children on meds for ADD, ADHD, on the spectrum along with anxiety and/or depression. Many of these children become bland.
Does anyone have experience with this medication? If so, have you seen changes in the child?