Depressed teen

Adolescence (12-18 years old) is perhaps the most difficult transitional period in one’s lifetime. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health encourages teaching teens important mental health habits, such as coping, resilience, and judgement. New research indicates that most mental disorders follow a developmental course that begins during childhood. While around 1 in 5 adolescents has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, less than half of those diagnosed seek treatment. Friends and family are the first line of defense, and are encouraged to be vigilant for warning signs and volatile behavior. Poor mental health can have a detrimental effect on the overall health and development of adolescents, and is linked to several health and social outcomes such as higher alcohol, tobacco and illicit substances use, adolescent pregnancy, school drop out and delinquent behaviors.

Relationship Between Mental Health Diagnoses and Physical Diseases in Adolescents

A new study investigates the relationship between the time of onset of mental and physical health diagnoses in adolescents. The results of the national cohort study indicate that some mental health diagnoses may be risk factors for certain physical diseases. Results also suggest that some physical diseases may put adolescents at risk for mental health Read more

PODCAST – Early Intervention in Psychosis

Evidence suggests that psychosis, in at least some cases, has a similar disease course to other chronic illnesses. Cancer, for example, progresses along a continuum, and we know that if we intervene early we can create optimal outcomes for a cancer diagnosis. More and more we’re seeing this understanding translate into care for psychosis as Read more

Six things all schools should consider before adding mental health lessons to the curriculum

John Moriarty, Queen’s University Belfast Current estimates suggest that one in ten children have a clinically diagnosed mental health or behavioural problem, so it’s not hard to see why the idea of “mental health literacy” – or mental health lessons in schools – is going mainstream. Most recent to these discussions are in Canada and Read more

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