It is important to provide your children with information about your depression according to their maturity level as they will have a general sense when your mental state changes. Otherwise they may also experience confusion, insecurity, fear for you and anxiety. Above all, let your children know that neither they nor their actions are the source of your depression.
I talked in a previous blog about school avoidance, and how it can be caused by clinical depression and anxiety in a child. My son Lawrence started kindergarten this school year. He was in a wonderful preschool the past two years, where he thrived. Of course we were concerned that he would have a little trouble adjusting to starting…