"Understanding Teen Depression" workshop

Brown University reported in 2002 that many parents simply do not recognize the symptoms of depression in their children. In their study, they found even parents who have good communication with their children do not necessarily realize it when a child is depressed.

I feel this is critical — for parents to understand what depression looks like and not just think it's "normal behavior." More than anyone in a child's life, parents need to not to be afraid to ask, "How can I help?" or "Do you want to talk about it?" Not getting involved is the worst thing a parent could do...because that could mean the difference between life and death. 

I would encourage all parents, whether you suspect your child is depressed or not, to attend this event:

Ferndale Youth Assistance is offering a free workshop, “Understanding Teen Depression” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Ferndale High School Media Center located at 881 Pinecrest Drive in Ferndale.

The workshop will help parents recognize the common signs and symptoms of depression in teens, how depression is diagnosed, some of the common causes, treatment options, how to differentiate between teens “just being teens,” primary risk factors and warning signs for suicide.

Jenna Nienhaus and Mary Gass from the University of Michigan Depression Center will facilitate the workshop. Pre-register by calling 248-586-8700 or e-mailing mhicks@ferndaleschools.org.

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  1. There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, 'There now, hang on, you'll get over it.' Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.

    Signs Of Depression

    1. I agree with you...but cancer can be treated with chemotherapy, and sometimes it is cured if is found early. It's not like people with depression have no hope. They be treated through medication and seeing a psychiatrist. Not everyone with depression will die from it.