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Study ties pre-K bullying to childhood depression

According to research published in 2013 by Psychology Today, depression affects approximately 4% of preschoolers in the United States. That number is increasing each year as physicians and therapists become better equipped at identifying the symptoms of preschool depression, which include self-hatred or speaking negatively about oneself, using negative themes in play, and disturbances in sleep, appetite or activity patterns.

A family history of depression also increases the odds. But while family issues and dynamics may exacerbate the problem, teachers should be careful about assuming that home issues are the sole cause, especially as this assumption may make parents less likely to seek help for their child — an action that can have long-term consequences.

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