Shattered maternal identity and early childhood depression

Authors

  • Sara Rodrigues Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Santo António https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6258-7711
  • Pedro Samuel Pinto Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Santo António https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7868-0582
  • Vânia Martins Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Santo António

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25753/BirthGrowthMJ.v32.i2.26225

Keywords:

child neglect, depressive disorder, gender dysphoria

Abstract

Introduction: Depression in early childhood was first described by Spitz in 1940. The literature reports an association between depressive symptoms in infants and early affective deprivation, pinpointing maternal depression as a major risk factor. However, there is little evidence on the impact of maternal comorbid depression and gender dysphoria on the risk of depression in early childhood.
Case report: A 25-month-old toddler was referred to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Department for persistent irritability and sleep disturbances. His mother had persistent depressive disorder and had never felt comfortable in her role as a mother, struggling with caregiving and responding to the child’s emotional needs. During follow-up, maternal symptoms of gender dysphoria were identified.
Discussion: Mother-infant bonding and responsive caregiving are essential for adequate socioemotional development.

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Published

2023-09-14

How to Cite

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Rodrigues S, Pinto PS, Martins V. Shattered maternal identity and early childhood depression. REVNEC [Internet]. 2023Sep.14 [cited 2024Jun.14];32(2):137-40. Available from: https://revistas.rcaap.pt/nascercrescer/article/view/26225

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