Significant depression exists in about 5 percent of children and adolescents in the general population. Children under stress, who experience loss, or who have attentional, learning or conduct disorders are at a higher risk for depression. Many other children experience a low grade depression. The behavior of depressed children and teenagers differs from the behavior of depressed adults. Understanding child depression is important because child depression is often over looked.
As a therapist who works with many children and adolescents,
Have you ever felt out of control? Last spring I tore a muscle in my arm just below the shoulder and basically lost the use of my arm. I couldn’t drive, do dishes, dry my hair, and I struggled to get dressed. I felt like I was getting a preview into my life at the age of 90. Being or feeling out of control feels terrible! Kids who are frequently out of control feel badly on a regular basis.
How to Communicate with Your Teen…”Yes, It Can Be Better!”
It is not unusual at all for teens to speak to their parents with one-word answers. “Where are you going?” “Places.” “When will you be back?” “Sometime.” “Who will you be with?” “People.” It’s true. Teens can be very challenging to communicate with. On the flip side, the benefits of good communication are quite amazing. Having an open relationship, hearing from your teen when they are scared or angry,
Parenting Tip: Children and Friendships
Children with friendship problems come from all types of families. These problems are not a sign of poor parenting. Some children have difficulty making friends or keeping friends and some children have difficulty picking up on the social cues required for maintaining relationships. If your child is having friendship problems, discuss this with your child openly. You are the best person to help your child solve children and friendship related issues.
PARENTING TIP: A Father’s Crucial Role
“My father boosted my career by giving me the freedom to choose my own path and by proudly devouring every word I ever wrote”, writes Hal Lancaster, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal. As a therapist who works with many adults and their families, I regularly hear of the profound impact a person’s father had on them. I am often touched when I hear people say things like,