Encourage Teens Suffering From Depression To Seek Help

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(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Depression can be a major issue during the teenage years, but far too many teenagers fail to seek help from depression because they’re embarrassed about the problem.

Another problem is that even when teens seek help, there are financial barriers to getting thorough treatment. However, even when finances are considered, far and away, stigma is the major barrier.

There are reports where teens were polled and researchers found that worries about stigma and the reactions of their family members were listed as major concerns and barriers to care. If you have a teenager you think is struggling with depression, it’s important to speak with him or her about this.

Let your child know that this is a major issue and they should seek help.

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