April 1, 2013 – Don’t be sad

Is it possible for a 2 1/2 year old to be depressed? It started out as a cute, little “I’m sad”. Then, when he got into tirades of “I’m sad”, I would tell him that I was sorry he was sad. That turned into his newer phrasing of “I’m sorry sad” which one has to admit is adorable. The new evolution of the phrase is now “don’t be sad!”. Obviously we have all told him that.
To rectify the situation we have tried using other adjectives of happy, silly, etc to help him refrain from using sad as his one emotion. However, this usually makes him scream louder, kick his legs, hit/ scratch me as he repeats, “Don’t be sad! Don’t be sad! Don’t be sad”. What is more heart wrenching are the times he has tears in his eyes and he quietly says “don’t be sad, don’t be sad”. It makes me so very sad.
I would estimate that half of each day for nearly the past month Roger has been sad. Tonight was incredibly difficult. Holding your crying baby boy in your arms as he whimpers ” don’t be sad”.
I don’t know what to do. I am hoping this is a phase. However, I tend to be a depressed soul and always wished my child would not inherit this. Maybe this warrants a call to the neurologist in the morning? Am I overreacting?
Please, tomorrow, let Roger be happy instead of sad.

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