Communication is a big deal when handling a child’s temperament.
The National Institutes of Mental Health is in the middle of a study about teens and depression. So far, they’ve discovered teens aren’t easy to read, as the kids do not use the word “depressed” at all. Teens do say they are “stressed” and “down” instead of “depressed.”
The kids all mentioned homework pressures, expectations, and a rocky home life as triggers.
Two-thirds of the teens had visited doctors for ulcers, migraines, stomach pains and fatigue. Pediatricians, nurses and other medical providers need to be aware of these opportunities to check on a child’s mental health.