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Depression in Children

The Child Advocate is devoted to children and the parents and professionals that work with them and advocate for them. Depressive Disorder often presents with irritability in children. Part of this information is presented with the permission of Christopher Petersen of The Penn State College of Medicine. The information presented at this site is for general use only and is not intended to provide personal advice or substitute for the advice of a qualified professional. If you have questions about the information presented here, please consult a physician, the resources listed or other professional in your area.

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Suicide and safety issues

Suicides among young people are a serious problem. Each year in the U.S., thousands of youth commit suicide.  In 2013, suicide was the second leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds, and a major cause of death for 5-to-14-year-olds. More information and...

Depression and the Childhood Depression Inventory

Depression and the Childhood Depression Inventory Presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2004 Annual Meeting C Petersen, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, Penn State College of Medicine; , S Mayes, Ph.D., N Vegesna, M.D., D Mauger, Ph.D....

ParentsMedGuide.org Resource

Coalition Launches ParentsMedGuide.org: “Helping Parents Help Their Kids” Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005 Washington, D.C. – Today a large coalition of medical and family/patient advocacy organizations launched ParentsMedGuide.org, a new resource center for parents...

FDA and Antidepressants in Children

FDA Statement on Recommendations of the Psychopharmacologic Drugs and Pediatric Advisory Committees September 16, 2004 – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) generally supports the recommendations that were recently made to the agency by the...

Depression in children warning signs

Dr. Chris Petersen, a psychiatrist at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, cited these symptoms of depression in a recent article. Symptoms of child and teen depression: Social withdrawal: A desire to remain isolated or restricted to a narrow peer group for...

Childhood Depression and Adult Obesity

Childhood Depression – Link to Adult Obesity? Waterfield Penn State College of Medicine 2004   Epidemiology 65% of Americans are considered overweight and 18% are considered obese with a body mass index (BMI)  > 30 kg m2 (Flegal 2002) 10% of Americans are...

Medicating Children with Psychiatric Drugs

Published Online Tue, 18 Jan 2011 20:00:00, To the Best of My Knowledge at WPSU Public Broadcasting, Penn State University Penn State President Graham Spanier’s monthly call-in program featured this program on medication involving children.  “Both the number of...

Teens Contemplate Suicide

3 million U.S. Teens Contemplate Suicide WASHINGTON (Reuters) –Three million American teens have thought seriously about or even attempted suicide, a government survey released Sunday showed. More than 13 percent of young Americans between 14 and 17 years of age...
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