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Recognizing Depression in Youth

Report by Kirk D. Wolfe, MD

Cover of report entitled Recognizing Depression in Youth
Depression in youth can be tragic. It is a common and yet largely unrecognized medical illness in Oregon. One of the keys to preventing youth suicide is for parents, school personnel, health professionals and others to learn to recognize the subtle signs of depression in our young people. Knowing and recognizing these signs may save the life of a child, adolescent or young adult you live or work with.

This publication provides critical information for Oregonians about how to prevent youth suicide. This is a practical guide that helps adults recognize the warning signs of depression in youth as well as understand what it takes for these youth to improve their lives.

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Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Impact of Youth Depression on Oregon
  • Notes on Depression and Suicide
  • Why Youth Become Depressed
  • Possible Signs of Depression
  • Clues to Recognizing Depression in Youth
  • Distinguishing Clinical Depression from "The Blues"
  • Treating Depression
  • Why Some Families Hesitate to Get Help
  • What You Can Do
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • About the Author

This publication was made possible by the generous support of these organizations:

Creative Services Donated by: Gard Strang Edwards & Alldridge Inc.
Sponsors: Oregon Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Providence Health System,Janus Youth Programs, Inc., Oregon Psychiatric Association, Morrison Center Child & Family Services