Parents Have Trouble Detecting Depression in Kids
Could you recognize signs of depression in your child or teen? Are you sure? In a poll of 819 parents of kids in middle and high school, 1 in 4 said their child knows a peer or classmate with depression. Most were very or somewhat confident that they could recognize signs and symptoms of depression in their child. Yet, two-thirds of the parents said it might be difficult to distinguish depression from normal moodiness and that kids often hide their feelings. A majority also thought that their child’s school should screen all students for depression, beginning in around the sixth grade. If you’re concerned, talk to your child’s health care provider. A therapist can help with depression, anxiety, or diabetes-related distress. Look to the American Diabetes Association’s mental health provider listing (at professional.diabetes.org/mhp_listing) to find one who understands diabetes.
SOURCE: University of Michigan’s National Poll on Children’s Health, published online Nov. 18, 2019