How to spot teen depression: Parents still see challenges in recognizing illness

Shaney Guadalupe

The findings in reflect the uncase parents feel as they watch grieving families admit they missed the warning signs. When it comes to recognizing for families, a poll released depression in teens, its a tale of two realities for families, a poll released Monday has found. Almost all parents 90%, said they were either very confident or somewhat confident they’d know if their child was depressed. But two-thirds also admitted there were real challenges in recognizing the mental illness, including having a hard time telling wether a teen was experiencing normal moods swings or depression. They were also frustrated that adolescents were good at hiding their feelings. Parents educate themselves about the symptoms of depression, but then see grieving families in their communities who did the same thing and still missed the signs that their child was suicidal. So parents realize that maybe recognizing this situation isn’t as easy just knowing what the warning signs are. Suicide among young people are rising, reaching the highest levels since 2000,a study published in the Journal of the American medical Association in June found. Suicide s one of the leading causes of death among adolescence 15-19 years old. One in Four parents said their son or daughter knows a teen with depression, and 10% revealed their child knows peers or classmates who died by suicide, the new poll found. Almost three-quarters of parents thought their child’s school should screen all students for depression, ad almost half said the screenings should begin in 6th grade. Kids are most likely to open up if you speak to them, so suggest a stroll rather then a normal face to face talk. If they are not willing to talk you’ll  check back later and talk to them then.