Long viewed as a contributing factor in teenage isolation, computer games are now being used to treat adolescent depression.Rather than simply encouraging players to engage in combat or destruction, the SPARX video game developed in New Zealand attempts to teach teenagers how to deal with depression using the psychological approach known as cognitive behavioural therapy CBT.Just as importantly, its creators set out to make the game exciting for those teenagers who are often reluctant to seek counselling and bored by well-meaning advice on how to cope with depression.
Going through early puberty puts a child at greater risk for anxiety and depression later in adolescence, according to researchers at the University of Melbourne.
By studying magnetic resonance images of the brains of 155 adolescents (ages 12, 15, and 18), researchers discovered that participants who went through puberty earlier than their peers had a larger pituitary gland and were in turn more prone to depression in their later teen years.
FRIDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) — Overweight teen girls who are happy with their size and shape have higher levels of self-esteem, are less likely to be depressed and are less prone to unhealthy behaviors than those who don’t like their bodies, researchers say.
For their study, University of California-San Diego researchers surveyed a group of more than 100 overweight teenagers between 2004 and 2006.
Emerging research suggests thoughts about killing oneself and engaging in suicidal behavior may begin much younger than previously thought.
Experts say that about one in nine youths attempt suicide by the time they graduate from high school. A new study finds that nearly 40 percent of young adults who said they had tried suicide said that they made their first attempt before entering high school.
The study is published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
With growing concern about mental health issues and suicide among adolescents, more schools and communities are using voluntary screening programs to identify at-risk kids, today’s Informed Patient column reports.The programs rely on free questionnaires that have been shown to be reliable indicators of depression in adolescents including the Columbia University-developed TeenScreen and the Patient Health Questionnaire-9. But mental-health screenings are opposed by certain groups and legislation has been introduced to prevent their mandatory use. Some mental health advocates say large-scale screening programs are not as cost-effective as relying on teachers, school health officials, primary-care doctors and parents to identify and intervene with troubled teens.