For many children, December often is linked to presents and excitement, but when a young child doesn’t seem all that enthused about getting gifts, it could be a sign that something is wrong. Measuring brain waves, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that clinically depressed children don’t respond to rewards the same way as other children do.
This doesn’t surprise me. One of the signs of depression is an inability to enjoy things that used to be enjoyable, and this would seem to indicate that very idea. Kids who aren’t enjoying the rewards that they used to, or that other kids do, might be unable to because of depression. Not always, some kids just enjoy different rewards than others, but clearly this idea of not being able to enjoy a reward can be tied to depression.
I’ve seen it in adults, why wouldn’t we see the same in kids?