Is a Teen Depressed, or Just Moody?

The Checkup Perry Klass M.D. The hardest questions pediatricians must routinely ask teenagers at checkups are those about depression and suicide. But they aren’t optional; we have to ask them, every time. From 2005 to 2014, the prevalence of depression — that is, the chance of having a major depressive episode over the course of...

What to Do if You’re Worried About Suicide

A parent’s guide to helping a child in distress Nadine Kaslow, PhD What do you do when you’re worried that a child might be feeling suicidal? First and foremost, it’s important that you talk to him about your concerns in a calm, non-accusatory manner. Sometimes when parents are very worried, they end up saying, “Don’t...

What Are the Symptoms of Depression in Teenagers?

Signs your child might be more than moody Ron J. Steingard, MD Since adolescents are often moody, it can be difficult to recognize when your son or daughter has become depressed, and might need help. The thing people tend to notice first is withdrawal, or when the teenager stops doing things she usually likes to...

Depression in Children and Teens

No. 4; Updated July 2013 Not only adults become depressed. Children and teenagers also may have depression, as well. The good news is that depression is a treatable illness. Depression is defined as an illness when the feelings of depression persist and interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to function. About 5 percent of...

Bipolar Disorder In Children And Teens

No. 38; Updated March 2015 Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic depressive illness) is an illness of the brain that causes extreme changes in a person’s mood, energy, thinking, and behavior. Children with bipolar disorder have periods (or episodes) of mania and depression. Manic Episodes: An episode of mania includes a period where someone’s mood has changed...