Child,Christmas,Child and adolescent psychiatry,Adolescence,Major depressive disorder

Kids With Depression Won’t Experience As Much Joy Over Christmas Gifts

December 16, 2016
in Kids

Children with depression may not be as excited about presents during the holiday season because they do not respond to rewards in the same way as healthy children. A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry came to that conclusion based upon measurements of the kids’ brain waves as they played a computer game in which they could win or lose points, and winning enough points would earn the children a toy. There was a “blunted” response in 4- to 7-year-old children with depression when they won points, as compared to the response from their healthy counterparts. When they lost points, however, the two sets of brains responded similarly. Read: 6 Natural Ways To Improve Your Mental Health — Without Meds “The pleasure we derive from rewards — such as toys and gifts...

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