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Secondary Depression in Childhood

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The cause of secondary depression in childhood is the absorbed emotional pain from a loved one suffering from chronic┬átrauma, abuse or neglect. Children are emotionally connected to their mother in-utero – what she feels, they feel. They are emotional sponges and when a loved one is in chronic emotional pain they suffer just as deeply as if the pain was their own.

Many children become highly empathetic at a young age and highly sensitive to the suffering of others.