“If we paid no more attention to plants than we have to our children we would now be living in a jungle of weeds”
Luther Burbank, naturalist and plant expert
This sentiment, made in the late 19th century, is suggestive of the need to give more concern to our children’s health. Mental illnesses in particular often go unrecognized and untreated. In fact, 8 out 10 children suffering from mental illness do not receive the care they need. The KSS Library has an up to date collection of print and online materials to help students find the real facts. Catalog or Ref eBook or Ebsco and much more…Databases>
The CMHA has a web site with good information for depression in teens.
What to do?
Therapy is essential for children struggling with depression so that they can develop their academic and social skills. Children respond well to treatment because they adapt readily and symptoms are not yet entrenched.
Sure, everybody feels sad or blue now and then. But if you’re sad most of the time, and it’s giving you problems with
- your grades or attendance at school
- your relationships with your family and friends
- alcohol, drugs, or sex
- controlling your behavior in other ways
the problem may be DEPRESSION.
Myths about depression often prevent people from doing the right thing. Some common myths are:
- Myth: It’s normal for teenagers to be moody; teens don’t suffer from real depression.
FACT: Depression is more than just being moody, and it can affect people at any age, including teenagers.
- Myth: Telling an adult that a friend might be depressed is betraying a trust. If someone wants help, he or she will get it.
FACT: Depression, which saps energy and self-esteem, interferes with a person’s ability or wish to get help. It is an act of true friendship to share your concerns with an adult who can help.
- Myth: Talking about depression only makes it worse.
FACT: Talking through feelings with a good friend is often a helpful first step. Friendship, concern, and support can provide the encouragement to talk to a parent or other trusted adult about getting evaluated for depression.