My son, who is 4 and has had CFS from birth, is doing well physically. He is energetic, growing, his guts are in good shape and his food allergies seem to be diminishing. BUT He appears to be suffering from really bad depression. This morning he kept bursting into tears (it's a regular occurence) and said "Mummy, why do I keep crying like this all the time?" He refuses to leave the house, even for offers of ice cream or the toy shop. He just wants to play on the computer or watch TV all day and I don't have the energy to drag him out especially when he is so against it. My husband uses extreme insistence and takes him to the beach or to see his grandmother whenever he is home from work (he finishes early so they can get to the beach for the afternoon) and he always enjoys this, but then he refuses to leave the house again the next day and sometimes all he does is cry or whimper about nothing for a whole afternoon. He frequently asks "Mummy, do you love me?" or "No I don't want to play, I just want a cuddle," yet this is not caused by physical tiredness (he's got far more energy than me these days). I give him so much affection and I'm such a naturally demonstrative person anyway that I don't understand where this comes from. Italian kids are all used to being smothered with kisses and declarations of love so they usually get fed up with it. Just as a reminder, he is 4 years old. I have tried looking for a therapist here in Sicily but they're still in the stone age so I'll have to deal with this myself. If anyone had knowledge of dealing with depression in children, please can you help me?