Even Babies Can Show Signs of Depression and Anxiety Even Babies Can Show Signs of Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety doesn’t just develop in adults, scientists say children can show signs of mental illness as early as newborns. According to a... Even Babies Can Show Signs of Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety doesn’t just develop in adults, scientists say children can show signs of mental illness as early as newborns.

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, brain patterns in newborns can predict mental illness symptoms like sadness, excessive shyness, nervousness and separation anxiety.

These symptoms are often linked to more serious conditions like depression and anxiety down the road.

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But that doesn’t mean experiences don’t play a major role as well.

“The experiences and environment that [people] are exposed to as they grow may alter these connectivity patterns making it more or less likely for these symptoms to develop,” lead researcher and child psychiatrist Dr. Cynthia Rogers told The Huffington Post.

The Washington University study, which analyzed brain scans of over 100 infants and followed up with them after two years, also found brain patterns of full-term babies were similar to patterns found in adults.

They also found premature infants lacked strength in certain brain regions, though that did not have an impact on their symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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“Part of that may have been due to the fact that a number of the full-term children already were at risk for symptoms due to socio-demographic factors, such as living in poverty or having a mother with clinical depression or an anxiety disorder,” Rogers said.

“Further, the severity of these early anxiety symptoms was correlated with connectivity patterns seen in the infants in both groups.”

Researchers have long wondered about the mental health of infants, in 2006, Dr. Jess Shatkin told ABC News children of depressed parents are three times more likely to experience depression, anxiety or behavioural disorders.

Identifying stress and anxiety in children can be difficult to detect. Check out this list of stress signs you may be missing and contact your pediatrician for treatment options.

The Washington University researchers say their study is far from complete, as they hope to study the children again when they are nine or 10 years old to get a better sense of their brain development.

Henry Okafor

  • Keishia

    2017-02-10 #1 Author

    This Is True Sometimes my son will show signs of him not wanting to be bothered


  • Darnell D. Willis

    2017-02-10 #2 Author

    Wow This Is Interesting


  • Tonya Wallace

    2017-02-10 #3 Author

    Interesting to know! Wow


  • Jaz

    2017-02-10 #4 Author

    I feel that if a parents take time to observe there child they he or she will catch things before they get that far💕


  • Shadaney Collins

    2017-02-10 #5 Author

    This is absolutely right in so many ways.


  • Mercedesz

    2017-02-10 #6 Author

    Great article very useful !


  • Kynchase leflore

    2017-02-10 #7 Author

    Yes I honestly believe this is true.


    • alona teodoro

      2017-02-11 #8 Author

      thanks for the info .now i know babies also can be depressed..


  • Lola Lee

    2017-02-10 #9 Author

    Sometimes its best to not show your emotions to your kids because they can feel what you feel


  • Ericka Godfrey

    2017-02-11 #10 Author

    I honestly did not know new born and infants could go through depression, yet along the signs of it. This article is full of information and important facts that parents should be informed on. As a parent I try to pay attention to my kid’s emotions. My baby girl is only 2 months and I’m working on learning her ways because she’s my first born. Thank you for the helpful facts!


  • escarly

    2017-02-11 #11 Author

    oh wow… that is not good. I did not know that.


  • Lizzie wilson

    2017-02-11 #12 Author

    Good read! I always wondered if infants can experience this so obviously only positive vibes around baby!!!!


  • Foofoo

    2017-02-11 #13 Author

    I didn’t know babies could develop such a trait at a young age . They could have it and we wouldn’t know .


  • Paco

    2017-02-11 #14 Author

    Very important for us to pay attention to our kids and try to understand their needs and hopefully keep them stress free.


  • Sunshine

    2017-02-11 #15 Author

    Wow I didnt know this ! This was good to know !


  • Mashay Green

    2017-02-11 #16 Author

    Wow interesting article


  • Lajada james

    2017-02-11 #17 Author

    Interested i didnt know babies can show early signs of depression or anxiety


  • chyenne

    2017-02-11 #18 Author

    aaww i didn’t know babies could have that i wish they didn’t 😩


  • Cholay

    2017-02-11 #19 Author

    I do not think this is true… All though u never know how life’s work. If mothers studied their kids more


  • Mariah

    2017-02-11 #20 Author

    Oh wow .. What a great article


  • Jaye

    2017-02-11 #21 Author

    Very Interesting


  • estela lazaro

    2017-02-11 #22 Author

    nice article for parents


  • LaDonna Moore

    2017-02-11 #23 Author

    Something new, i never knew that


  • Caitlynn Benoit

    2017-02-11 #24 Author

    I think my dont might have this. I have both. He’s always fussy and crying I thought it was belly aches could it possibly be this??


  • Antwan Rogers

    2017-02-11 #25 Author

    this is so fascinating yet, its very scary too. some moms wouldn’t even know there child is going through this because they’re so young. wow!


  • Clarissa

    2017-02-11 #26 Author

    i loved reading this it’s always good to know that baby’s can have positive videos


  • Zakia Swanson

    2017-02-11 #27 Author

    Good read! Babies can show many different signs of emotion. They can also sense emotions and feelings


  • Niya

    2017-02-11 #28 Author

    This is very touching , what a good read for the day ❤️


  • Sharna

    2017-02-11 #29 Author

    Obviously there needs to be positive vibes around the baby because they can since the feelings in the room


  • Alyssa M

    2017-02-11 #30 Author

    Wow this is interesting


  • Lisa

    2017-02-11 #31 Author

    That’s good information


  • Nkuli

    2017-02-11 #32 Author

    Oh no! I didn’t know kids can experience this too


  • Bre

    2017-02-11 #33 Author

    This is very interesting, I will definitely look for signs with my daughter


  • Raven McGinty

    2017-02-11 #34 Author

    As a parent, I have seen my one year experience this! I have to pay close attention to him because often times he’ll get in a certain mood where he just seems extremely sad and I go and comfort him. He actually has a doctors appointment coming up to get examined. It worries me a little bit but I know he’ll be fine.


  • Ashley M

    2017-02-11 #35 Author

    Wow Didn’t know you can detect that I’m kids so young.


  • Neak LaChae

    2017-02-12 #36 Author

    Wow 😳 it truly amazes me that kids let alone babies can be going through depression at such a young age .. now that I know I will look for signs in my babies but they ass usually happy babies


  • Mandy

    2017-02-12 #37 Author

    I love to read about how kids feel. I hate when people say kids don’t know things


  • Hannah

    2017-02-12 #38 Author

    Very interesting! Thanks for helping make us aware.


  • Nikki

    2017-02-12 #39 Author

    This is great info to know


  • Nikki sanders

    2017-02-12 #40 Author

    Wow didn’t know this


  • Krizma

    2017-02-15 #41 Author

    This is sad, that’s why its always important as parents to keep a close eye on these things.


  • Yosef

    2017-02-23 #42 Author

    Very interesting! Thanks for helping make us aware.


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