Depression & Anxiety

Depression & Anxiety associated with Childhood Reading Difficulties

“Chronic reading problems and depression appear to be related...and the reading problems precede the depression” 1

“By the time children reached Grade 3, having a reading problem predicted that they would have an emotional problem compared to children with no reading problems. By Grade 5, analysis confirmed that the children’s emotional problems were related to having reading problems and not the other way around. Even when the researchers looked at other social problems the children had, the findings still related their depression and anxiety to having problems reading.”2

“...we found robust links between severe, persistent reading problems and increased risk for depressed mood in a community sample of boys aged 7 and 10 years at initial assessment,...the pattern of findings pointed to the existence of more direct causal processes whereby reading problems influence younger boys’ risk of depressed mood.”3

Unless a child is treated appropriately for the altered mood this is likely to be taken into adult life. The ideal would be to address the reading problems as early as possible. The feedback received from the parents of the children who have undergone the Eye Tracker program is that they now have a more relaxed and less anxious child.

If you believe that your child might be suffering from depression or anxiety and not sure what to do about it Beyond Blue  is a very good contact and resource point, regardless of where you live in the world. 



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