It's difficult to determine if your teen is acting normal when their moods are so erratic. But mental illness often starts in adolescence. If you can recognize symptoms of depression -- trouble sleeping, loss of interest in activities, trouble concentrating, a change in appetite, or even suicidal thoughts -- there are famly interventions that can help. A new study by Penn Medicine psychiatrists found that an Attachment-Based Family Therapy approach reduced suicidal thinking in 12- to 17-year-olds. The program lasts six to twelve weeks, and includes a no-blame atmosphere and lots of family involvement. "The most important thing parents can do is stay connected to their kids and keep open communication," say researchers.
Do you want to keep up with news like this?
Subscribe to Penn Medicine News Bites emails! Sign up now if you're not yet receiving one of our email newsletters, such as Penn Medicine In the News or Benchmarks. If you're already subscribing to one of our email newsletters, contact us to subscribe.