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Depression and Our Children

by Sue Hubbard, M.D.

Depression among children and particularly adolescents is on the rise and I wish we could figure out all of the reasons. Having just lost a friend’s son to suicide bring this issue even closer.

Every day I see teens who are sad, stressed, overwhelmed and ultimately depressed. Although it is a time consuming appointment, I am lucky when a teen opens up to me about their feelings and fears, and we can find them the doctors and counselors they need to help them.

There are a myriad of causes of depression, and we know genetics plays an important role. But the society in which are kids are living is also a factor. Too many of these kids feel enormous pressures from academics, from their friends, and their family. The peer pressure they feel is enormous, and somehow they feel they are alone in all of this.

If you have a child that is feeling sad, lonely, has changes in their behavior and mood, has sleep problems, complaints of always feeling tired, and just doesn’t seem right, and these symptoms are persistent, call your doctor and take your child for a visit and determine if they are depressed. It may save a life.

That’s your daily dose, we’ll chat tomorrow.

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