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NCJ Number: 153954 Find in a Library
Title: Dealing With Childhood Depression and Teen Suicide
Author(s): M Goldstein; H Goldstein
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau For At-Risk Youth
Plainview, NY 11803-0760
Publication Number: ISBN 1-56688-018-1
Sale Source: Bureau For At-Risk Youth
135 Dupont Street
P.O. Box 760
Plainview, NY 11803-0760
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: With about one in five children and adolescents suffering from depression, parents need to be better informed so that they can understand their child's behavior and take appropriate action.
Abstract: Depression often makes children moody, needy, demanding, clinging, lonely, and helpless. Other behavioral changes associated with depression include guilt, pessimism, anger, sadness, low concentration, low energy, and irritability. Mental health professionals base their diagnosis of depression on recognizable symptoms, such as low mood, poor appetite, low energy or fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Possible causes of depression include family patterns, loss of a loved one, injury and illness, and trauma. Children who are depressed typically do poorly in school, at home, and with friends, and parents whose child exhibits symptoms of depression should pay careful attention to the way their child functions in these areas. Children and adolescents sometimes exhibit suicidal behavior. Suicidal attempts involve some physical act aimed at self- destruction, while suicidal thoughts involve thinking about ending one's life or about dying. Depression and suicide are linked because depression is a predisposing factor in suicide. Important facts about children and suicide related to age and sex differences and family factors are noted, and the role of parents in their child's treatment is considered.
Main Term(s): Juvenile suicide
Index Term(s): Juvenile psychological evaluation; Mental disorders; Problem behavior; Suicide prevention
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