Stories about: child depression

Is your teen depressed? Seven tips for parents

Your daughter comes home from school, slams down her books and retreats to her room with a scowl. Since starting high school, you’ve noticed she’s been moody and irritable and her grades are starting to suffer. Should you be worried about depression?

“Almost everyone goes through periods of feeling sad or irritable for usually brief periods of time,” says Dr. Oscar Bukstein, associate psychiatrist-in-chief and vice chairman of psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital. “What sets depression apart is the presence of distress or impairment that interferes with daily life.”

Bukstein says he’s seen a steady rise in depression in young people over the past 25 years, as the stress of daily life increases. “The good news is that treatment generally works and more kids are seeking treatment.”

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Health headlines: Art helps, crutches can hurt and your child’s frown may be more serious than ‘baby blues’

A small study showed that kids with asthma who did art therapy felt less anxious about their condition that kids with asthma who didn’t engage in a creative, therapeutic outlet.

Children and teenagers living in the most-rural parts of the U.S. are equally as likely to die by gun violence as those in big cities, a new study shows. The rates on the type of death tend differ with each area (i.e. accident, suicide or homicide) but the overall numbers of children who loose their lives to guns are almost exactly the same regardless of an urban or rural surrounding.

The number of young people hurt by their walking aides— crutches, wheelchairs or walkers— is on the rise.

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