Clipped From Ironwood Daily Globe
Teen depression needs attention Your 15-year-old daughter says everything is "boring" and she is no longer interested in school. Or, your 16-year-old son spends almost all spare time in his bedroom. bedroom. Lucia Patritto Is this typical adolescent behavior, behavior, or is something more seriously Small said parents who see changes in their teens' behaviors should be alert to the warning signals of a possible suicide attempt. attempt. Parents also need to take it seriously when teens talk about suicide. Anyone who shows three or more symptoms of depression for several weeks probably should be referred to a professional for help. These symptoms, according to the American Psychiatric Association Association and the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, include: —General loss of interest in life; decreased enjoyment of ac tivities that were once pleasurable. pleasurable. —Long periods of sadness or boredom. —Sudden withdrawal from social social relationships, regular activities activities or interests. —Major changes in everyday behavior, such as sleeping or eating eating habits or school work. This includes reckless or violent behavior. behavior. —Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, including a feeling of futility about what the future holds. —Headaches, stomach aches or other physical symptoms that don't seem to have a physical cause. —Talking about or asking questions questions about death or suicide. —Giving away personal possessions possessions or obtaining the means to commit suicide, such as pills, a gun or rope. —Statements that indicate a loss of personal control or that hint of an end in sight, such as "It's no use. There's nothing I can do," or "I won't be a bother much longer." Editor's note: Patritto is Iron County UW-Extension Family Development Agent.