Depression in Babies

Most of the psychological problems are caused by relationships. Relationships get sick and we get better in relationships. At the same time, the need to be in an emotional relationship, which is one of the greatest characteristics of living things, begins to occur after conception.

As soon as babies are born, they need emotional contact. Besides the physiological needs of the baby who opens his eyes to a world he does not know, emotional needs are also of vital importance. The mother or caregiver is the person who meets the physiological and emotional needs of the baby for the first contact and the first contact and attachment, making him feel safe.

The fact that the mother or caregiver does not contact the baby other than the physiological need, does not smile, caress, hugs the baby and ignores the baby, causing emotional deprivation in the baby. If, for any reason, the baby is emotionally deprived of his mother and is not replaced by an emotional caregiver, the baby falls into depression.

Until the 1930s, there was a common belief that babies do not develop depression. Rene Spitz, who made research on this subject for the first time, in his experiments in orphanages and hospitals; observed that only babies whose physical needs were met but whose emotional needs were not met, and stated that babies who were not emotionally contacted developed depression. It has been proven that babies who suffer from depression as a result of emotional deprivation suffer from dullness in facial expression, excessive inactivity, lack of smile, loss of appetite, sleep problems, indifference to toys, as well as brain cells that do not develop. There were also consequences such as not being able to develop physically, when this abstinence lasted more than three months, more symptoms appeared.

It has been seen how important the emotional bond is, how the emotional world of the baby is affected when there is no secure bond, and even the baby does not develop physically. If healthy bonds are not developed with the baby, the baby’s personality formation can also be structured in an unhealthy way.

For example, we may become intensely anxious individuals and face problems such as not being able to meet the need for love in their relationships, not being able to feel the love they receive, being withdrawn or clinging to them, having difficulty in giving love to others, as well as seeing the traces of neglect such as feeling of emptiness and not developing adequate self-control.

In order to protect the baby from depression, plenty of contact, attention, love and compassion will prevent the baby from having depression. Meeting emotional needs will enable him to develop healthy relationships and become someone who loves and can love himself.

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