Family First: Depression

Posted: Friday, January 15, 2010 --- 4:15 a.m.

In family first... we're talking about youth and depression.

A new study found that five times as many high school and college students are dealing with mental health issues than during the Great Depression.

At any given time, one out of five kids is struggling with a mental health issue.

But the trouble is only about 20 percent get the help they need.

A local pediatric psychiatrist - Dr. Bhawani Ballamudi from Dean Health - says early identification is the name of the game.

She also says parents and teachers need to help kids lead more balanced lives.

" We are living in a world of high expectations. You know, whether it's parents or school, kids are always set to a very high standards which then leads to a sense of inadequacy. Kids give up and that leads to some of these emotional disorders."

Experts say the stigma attached to mental health problems is slowly fading and that we have come a long way in terms of people feeling more comfortable getting the help they need.


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