I've been seeing more and more articles addressing depression in infants and children. You can find a couple of these on TheAttachedFamily.com. You can find these articles in the scrolling AP News Desk section in the top righthand corner of the site.
"Research Shows How PPD Affects Attachment" describes the effect on infants when they interact with their mothers who are afflicted by postpartum depression. The infants themselves appear depressed in cognitive and behavior development. The article goes on to describe how negative parenting behaviors like yelling and hitting are more likely with parents who are suffering from depression.
Another article, "UAE Childhood Depression on the Rise," discusses the increasing rate of childhood depression in the UAE. One reason for this is that more children of expats are being cared for by someone other than their parents. This compounds the rise of other significant factors such as higher divorce rates, a worrisome economic atmosphere, and more stressful lives in general. An author warns that parents need to encourage an open, sharing environment for their children so they feel safe in airing their feelings. Definitely an AP thing to do.
What are your thoughts on the seeming rise in childhood depression? Is there really a rise, or just a push in awareness? And what power to AP parents have in protecting their children from depression?