Teen depression: Mom’s mental health during pregnancy affects children later in life, study finds

Teenagers are more likely to be depressed if their mothers were depressed while pregnant, according to a new study.

Mothers’ depression after giving birth was also tied to their children’s mental health years later, but possibly for different reasons, researchers found.

Depression during pregnancy may affect a baby through stress hormones that move across the placenta, Rebecca Pearson, from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, and her colleagues said.

That goes against the suggestion of some researchers that depression is only important if it continues past the end of pregnancy and affects parenting.

“It should be treated during pregnancy, irrespective of if it continues during birth. It’s as important during pregnancy,” Pearson said.

She said the findings mean therapy should be made available to pregnant women with depression whenever possible. They also add another layer to the debate over the use of antidepressants in pregnancy.

Full story of teen depression and parenting at The Star

Here’s The Best Way To Beat A Bully

Six out of 10 teenagers say they witness bullying in school once a day, and 160,000 students miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students, according to bullying statistics.

Bullying is a big problem in America’s schools, and for National Bullying Prevention Month, education groups are trying to inform kids and adults about what they can do to stop bullies.

Popular wisdom often portrayed in movies and TV shows would have you believe that kids should fight back against bullies, but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ bullying website says that’s not a good idea.

Here’s their advice:

Look at the kid bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice. You can also try to laugh it off. This works best if joking is easy for you. It could catch the kid bullying you off guard. If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away. Don’t fight back. Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.

Full story of beating the bully at Business Insider

Sex, drugs and Facebook: Seattle Children’s social media research team takes on teen health

Dr. Megan Moreno once met a teen who went to bed every night with her smartphone tucked under her pillow and its alarm clock set to 2 a.m. When the phone woke her in the middle of the night, she’d grab it, open her Facebook app, delete any new mean comments, and go back to sleep.

Being a teenager isn’t what it used to be. Neither is being a parent.

Moreno, an adolescent pediatrician and a researcher at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, leads a team that’s conducted more studies on social media and teen health than anyone — more than 30 studies in six years.

This week she released her first book: Sex, Drugs ‘n Facebook: A Parent’s Toolkit for Promoting Healthy Internet Use.

Ten years since MySpace came on the scene, parents of teens know a lot more than they used to about social media. They know it’s not a passing fad, a childish waste of time or — remember this one? — a hiding place for pedophiles.

It’s easier for parents to understand what teens are doing on the social Web, now that so many parents are there themselves. But the dilemmas they face as parents are not getting easier.

Full story of facebook and teen health at Geek Wire

5 Signs Your Teen Needs Mental Health Treatment

Teens go through emotional ups and downs all the time. Hormones are changing, life can seem overwhelming, and without much life experience, a young adult can feel misguided. When parents are busy working, or a natural separation from family occurs, teens may turn to friends instead of parents.

Peer support can be helpful for certain issues. But when the symptoms of a mental illness are present, more than a good friend is needed.

The problem is, teens may not understand what the feelings they experience mean. As a parent, it’s important to stay connected so that you notice any changes or any symptoms of a mental illness in your child.

Mental illness includes depression; anxiety; bipolar disorder;schizophrenia; borderline personality disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); attention-deficit disorder (ADD); attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and many more disorders that can interfere with your teen’s daily life.

In an effort to self-medicate — to control the symptoms of the undiagnosed and untreated mental illness — a teen without help may turn to drugs, alcohol, or eating disorders to feel better, to escape, to numb out, or to feel in control.

Full story of signs for mental health treatment at PsychCentral

Mental Health in High School: Teach Students Link between Thinking Patterns, Emotions & Behavior

Adding a mental health component to school-based health education programs could enhance health behaviors, reduce depression and improve grades.

Teaching Students Links in Their Mental HealthResearchers from The Ohio State University College of Nursing found that a program called COPE: (Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment) Healthy Lifestyles TEEN (Thinking, Emotions, Exercise, Nutrition) had a beneficial outcome for several health and behavioral factors.

The high school health classes used an intervention that emphasized building cognitive behavioral skills in addition to nutrition and physical activity.

Participants had a lower average body mass index, better social behaviors, higher health class grades and drank less alcohol than did teenagers in a class with standard health lessons.

Symptoms in teens who were severely depressed also dropped to normal levels at the end of the semester compared to the control group, whose symptoms remained elevated.

Full story of high school mental health at PsychCentral

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Yelling at your teen can backfire, impact mental health: study

Adolescents whose parents shouted, swore at or insulted them showed more signs of depression than their peers whose moms and dads didn’t, according to a new study.

If you’re a parent of a teenager, researchers say that the best parenting advice is to talk, not yell.

A new study released Wednesday finds that 13-year-old adolescents whose parents shouted at them suffered more symptoms of depression than their peers whose parents didn’t. The study involved nearly 1,000 two-parent families living in the US and is published online in the journal Child Development.

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“This is one of the first studies to indicate that parents’ harsh verbal discipline is damaging to the developing adolescent,” said lead researcher Ming-Te Wang, an assistant professor of psychology in education at the University of Pittsburgh. “The notion that harsh discipline is without consequence, once there is a strong parent-child bond — that the adolescent will understand that, ‘They’re doing this because they love me’ — is misguided because parents’ warmth didn’t lessen the effects of harsh verbal discipline.”

Full story of parents yelling at their teens at New York Daily News

Teen recalls bullying stirred thoughts of suicide

Michael Miller clearly remembers the day he was called a “fat faggot.” It was in 2006, the year he was in seventh grade, and Miller had already gotten a strong taste of bullying from day one of middle school.

When enough slurs, exclusions and taunts added up, Miller found himself at the brink of suicide — close enough to consider details that would save his family as much pain as possible, he said.

“Sixth and seventh grade were the worst. When I got to Central, I remember everyone was on edge a lot. Half the kids we didn’t know came from Ferndale (Elementary School), new groups were starting up, everyone was going through puberty.”

Those foul words didn’t come from a troubled peer, however. They came from a teacher’s lips, Miller said.

“People thought it was funny,” he said. “And that’s when we realized it was OK to do that to each other. As negative as he was, he was a role model. He made it seem OK to harass kids in front of each other. And talk about them when they were out of the room.”

That educator had plenty of company. Starting in fifth grade at Freewater Elementary School, Miller’s classmates started marching to peer pressure about how to dress, whom to talk to and what attitude to adopt, he recalled.

Full story of bullying and suicide at the Union Bullentin

Drawing cartoons empowers teen with mental disorders

On the surface, Zack Hix is like many 18-year-olds.

The Simpsonville, South Carolina, teen’s favorite foods are cheeseburgers and pizza. He listens to rock and punk music. He loves to race mountain bikes, play video games, watch Georgia Bulldogs football with his dad and — perhaps most importantly — draw.

But Zack also suffers from a laundry list of mental health issues, including both intermittent explosive- and obsessive-compulsive disorders, which make him different from other kids his age and threaten to inhibit his ability to function as an independent adult.

Zack is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression, in addition to the IED and OCD. He also has Tourette syndrome and tics that are the result of a Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infection in the fifth grade.

Full story of cartoons and teens with mental disorders at CNN

Amanda Bynes’ mental hold extended again; former teen star said to be schizophrenic

Amanda Bynes Mental HealthAmanda Bynes’ doctors have won an 30-day extension of her psychiatric hold and plan to pursue a temporary mental health conservatorship of the former Nickelodeon star,the New York Daily News reports.

UPDATE: A judge has approved a temporary conservatorship for Bynes’ mother over the objections of Bynes’ court-appointed lawyer.

A source tells the News that Bynes is believed to be suffering from schizophrenia and has not yet responded to medication: “She’s not improving yet. She’s still delusional. These meds take longer than a week to work, and she’s only been given them for about a week.”

Bynes was involuntary committed on a 72-hour hold after allegedly starting a small fire in the suburban Los Angeles subdivision in which she grew up last month. On July 26, the hold was extended for two weeks so doctors could have more time to diagnose Bynes, who has been acting erratically for months, including sending a stream of nasty tweets to various celebrities and allegedly tossing a bong out of her New York apartment window when police came to her door.

Full story of Amanda Bynes’ mental health at NJ.com

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Mental Health: A Teen`s Guide To Survive Stress

Teen's Guide to Survive StressStress- Good or Bad

Your father is stressed with a big project at his workplace. But he is excited. Your mother is stressed taking care of your sick grandmother and working. Quite often she is tired and cranky.
Everyone is exposed to stress everyday. But feeling the stress is your body`s reaction to something you may or may not want to do. Feeling stressed is normal. Sometimes stress is good. It keeps you focused and extracts the best out of you like the excitement before a game or getting ready for a dance. But sometimes stress falls heavily on you. You can`t sleep or feel sad and lonely. Don`t ignore these feelings. Stress needs your attention. Deal with it. Get help.

Signs of stress

Normally you are pretty cool about things. But some days you don`t feel like your own self. Your mother asks what`s wrong and your best friend tells you to get over it. But you just want them to leave you alone. Are you stressed out? Only your body or your emotions will let you know.

Why are you stressed out?

Full story of teens surviving stress at TeleManagement

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