Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why,” has generated enormous attention and brought the topic of suicide to the forefront of popular discourse, providing an opportunity for parents and teens to talk about suicide as they have never before. Dr. Julie Erickson, LP PhD, and clinical psychologist at Children's Minnesota, discusses how parents can talk to their teens today about suicide and share resources for help.
Dr. Carrie Borchardt sat down with KARE-TV to discuss anxiety and depression in kids and teens.
Depression--feeling down or having feelings of sadness--is a mood that can affect anyone. It is a normal part of the range of emotions people experience. It is a useful emotion. It can help a teen recognize problems and cope with difficulties. If depressed feelings-- different than a passing mood or feeling--do not go away or when they begin to interfere with daily activities then depression should be recognized and treated. When a teen’s mood disrupts his or her ability to function, it may indicate a serious emotional disorder.
For teens with a chronic illness or disability, adolescence is a combination of a special developmental period and a difficult set of challenges. Adolescence is a unique developmental time characterized by emerging independence, rapid cognitive and physical growth, and the development of an identity. Peer relationships develop a special significance during adolescence. Chronic illness and disability impose physical limitations, often require repeat medical visits, and can involve complex medical treatments.
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