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New York Association of School Psychologists. & New York State Office of Mental Health . Present. Recognizing Depression in Your Teenager and What to Do About It. MOM AND DAD . . . DO YOU HEAR ME, DO YOU SEE ME?. THE SPEAK INITIATIVE.

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new york association of school psychologists

New York Association of School Psychologists

& New York State

Office of Mental Health

Present

Recognizing Depression in Your Teenager and What to Do About It

the speak initiative
THE SPEAK INITIATIVE
  • More people die from suicides than homicides in our country
  • Third leading cause of death for young people (ages 15 –24)
  • Approximately 150,000 New York teenagers attempt suicide each year, and 70 will die as a result
  • The national rate of teen suicide has nearly tripled since the 1950’s
  • Prevention and early intervention saves lives
is it just the blues or is your child depressed
IS IT JUST THE BLUES OR IS YOUR CHILD DEPRESSED?
  • Everybody has normal ups and downs
  • Depression is more than just the blues
  • Depression impacts us on an emotional, behavioral, and social level
fact or fiction
FACT OR FICTION . . .
  • Teens don’t suffer from “real” depression
  • Teens who complain of being depressed are just weak
  • Talking about depression only makes it worse
  • Telling an adult that a friend may be depressed is betraying a trust
common questions about depression
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT DEPRESSION
  • What are the possible causes of depression?
  • How common is it?
  • Is it serious?
  • Is depression the same for everyone?
  • Can it be treated?
  • Why don’t people get help?
signs and symptoms
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
  • Does your child express feelings

of . . .

    • Sadness and emptiness
    • Hopelessness, pessimism, or guilt
    • Worthlessness
do they seem
Do they seem . . .
  • Unable to make decisions
  • Unable to concentrate & remember
  • Lost interest or pleasure in ordinary activities
  • Have more problems with school and family
do they complain of
Do They Complain of . . .
  • Loss of energy and drive
  • Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up
  • Appetite problems
  • Headaches, stomach aches, or backaches
has their behavior changed suddenly so that
Has their behavior changed suddenly so that . . .
  • They are restless or more irritable
  • They want to be alone most of the time
  • They have started cutting classes or dropping activities
  • They may be drinking or taking drugs
have they talked about
Have they talked about . . .
  • Death
  • Suicide
  • Attempting to hurt themselves
prevention and early intervention saves lives
PREVENTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION SAVES LIVES
  • Recognize the warning signs
  • Talk to someone who can help