Mental Health Resources And Information

Mental Health Information
What is depression? - http://www.psychologyinfo.com/depression/teens.htm - This web site has good information about teen depression, myths and truths, how it is treated, definitions and resource information. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1034864
Signs of Depression:

  • Persistent sadness and/or irritability.
  • Low self-esteem or feelings of worthlessness.
  • Statements such as: "I'm bad. I'm stupid. No one likes me."
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities.
  • Change in appetite (either increase or decrease).
  • Change in sleep patterns (either increase or decrease).
  • Difficulty in concentrating.
  • Anger and rage.
  • Headaches, stomachaches or other physical pains that seem to have no cause.
  • Changes in activity level. The child either becomes more lethargic or more hyperactive.
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide.