At Children’s Minnesota, we integrate behavioral health professionals into our primary care setting so we ensure children get the care they need when they need it most.
We talked with Dr. Sarah Jerstad, associate clinical director of psychological services at Children’s Minnesota St. Paul hospital, about the stress teens of color are feeling right now due to COVID-19 and racial injustice, and about how parents can help.
Dr. Sarah Jerstad shares what parents need to know about keeping their kids' minds and bodies healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As winter approaches, some kids may start to exhibit symptoms of seasonal depression, so we're sharing what parents need to know about SAD.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people in Minnesota. While it's a difficult topic to discuss, Dr. Julie Erickson, LP, PhD, shares what parents need to know about depression and suicide.
Living with a chronic disease is difficult and can be overwhelming for many youth. Know the signs and symptoms of depression to help your child with T1D.
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.