Rise in Depression in Preschoolers: How Play Therapy Can Help

Salt Lake City — (KUTV) Licensed Therapist Clair Mellenthin visited Fresh Living to talk about depression in preschool age children.

Kids as young as 3 years old can have Major Depression and it can impact brain development as well as affect emotional regulation, concentration and focus.

Play therapy is most effective treatment for preschoolers who suffer depression.

If you wonder if your child suffers from depression, here are some red flags:


  • Feeling sad for no reason and lasting long periods of time.
  • Emotional and behavioral changes.
  • Social isolation and withdrawal.
  • Anger and aggressiveness.