Screening Teens for Depression

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    Some groups want it to be mandatory. What are your thoughts?

    Parents of teens, do you talk to your children about depression? Do they tell you about friends who are depressed and have talked about suicide?


    Panel advises depression screening for US teens
     
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    I have a few thoughts about this but I'm not parenting teens right now. I do talk to many people who are dealing with serious depression--including teens. I struggle with depression myself.
     
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    MOST teenagers are depressed at some point or another during their teen years. Do i feel it should be mandatory?? NO.

    the government needs to stay out of peoples lives as much as possible. If parents would actually have a dialogue with their OWN children than this wouldn't even be an issue. I have 2 teenagers at home right now, 16 and 13, my wife and I talk them ALL THE TIME. In fact some people are amazed at what they will tell us. We have a very open relationship with them and they know that we will always be there for them, but they also know that we are the final say right now....

    Teenagers need structure just like any other child, they just need to be given the amount of freedom they can handle and that is best judged by the parents not a clinician who thinks their child "may be depressed".
     
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    Good Points! I wasn't sure where you left off, but I guess that other paragraph is your sig!

    Yes, of course parents need to have an open, honest dialogue with their children. Of the parents I've talked to on here, it seems most do.

    But, I have a 13 year old daughter. She tells me about kids at her school that talk of suicide. There are kids on myspace and facebook that say on their profile page they want to 'kill themselves.' Is it for attention, are they serious? Is it a game they play?
    Who knows, but it is scary, because what about the ones who are serious? A girl from our town's high school just hung herself last week. How does a parent deal with that?


    You are right about the government staying out of our private lives, but I think free screening should be available for those who want it.
     
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    Depression is a serious problem among teenagers and often the parents are the last to know how bad it is for their child.

    I support teens being screened for depression.
     
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    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAd idea.
     
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    What's a bad idea? Suicide preventation?
     
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    Screening every child for depression is a bad idea.

    That's not suidide prevention that's a full employment for psychologists idea.

    You obviously have a one hell of a lot more faith in those snake charmers than I do.
     
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    There should be a place for teens to go to talk about this if they wish.

    Manditory screening I agree is not a good Idea.

    How about a open door counselors office for teens to walk in and talk to someone about anything in every high school?
     
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    Bingo---immediately followed by a request for taxpayer money. Those who seriously care about depressed teens will respond. Misdiagnosing teens is as dangerous if not more so than depression itself.
     

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