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Life Bridge Journal

To Know Suicide- Depression Can Be Treated, but It Takes Competence

BALTIMORE — WHEN the American artist Ralph Barton killed himself in 1931 he left behind a suicide note explaining why, in the midst of a seemingly good and full life, he had chosen to die. “Everyone who has known me and who hears of this,” he wrote, “will have a different hypothesis to offer to explain why I did it. ” Most of the explanations, about problems in his life, would be completely wrong, he predicted.

7 years ago
Tags: SuicideDepressionpsychiatrypsychotherapymedicationbipolar
Depression in Children and Adolescents Fact Sheet

About 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18 according to the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Girls are more likely than boys to experience depression. The risk for depression increases as a child gets older.

7 years ago
Tags: DepressionAntidepressantsChild PsychiatryChild DepressionTeen DepressionAdolescent DepressionSymptoms of Depression
Screening Kids For Depression, Removing Guns From Homes
Screening Kids For Depression, Removing Guns From Homes

A national group of pediatricians is recommending that all children aged 11 to 21 should get screened for depression along with their annual physical checkup. The revised preventative care guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also advise parents of children who are diagnosed with depression and at risk for suicide to remove any firearms and ammunition from their homes. Doctors from around the world have long advised mental health screenings as a way of catching serious behavioral disorders before they spiral out of control.

7 years ago
Tags: DepressionKids with DepressionMental HealthChildhood Depression