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Brainpower - October 2010
What’s Troubling Your Teen? 
Did you know? According to a recent study by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, roughly 20 percent of teenagers will experience depression before their adult years. In addition, at any given time, between 10 to 15 percent of teens display certain symptoms of depression. Such disturbing statistics speak for themselves — teen depression is a common problem that can affect all adolescents regardless of race, gender, income level or social background. Most importantly, if never addressed, a teen who suffers from depression is at higher risk for other problems including relationship struggles, substance abuse and suicide. 

As children reach adolescence, they begin to experience the emotional highs and lows common to their age group. From the trials and tribulations encountered through dating to the pressures of junior high and high school, teens often struggle with life lessons on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it’s common for teenagers to “bottle up” their emotions and not discuss what’s troubling them — that’s where the problem occurs. By identifying, addressing and discussing the symptoms of depression, teens can begin to understand that they’re not alone in their thoughts, fears and struggles. From that point, parents can determine the appropriate steps to take moving forward in the evaluation process. 

Here are some warning signs that your teen may be depressed:
•	Withdrawal from activities and friends
•	Poor performance in school
•	Hopelessness and sadness
•	Lack of motivation, energy or enthusiasm
•	Exhibitions of rage or anger
•	Poor self-esteem
•	Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
•	Spending more time alone 
MindWorks Testing offers depression evaluations for both children and adults. If you or someone you know could be suffering from depression, give us a call. You’re not alone — talk to someone about your struggles and how you can overcome your depression. 
Find out what’s possible for your child. Get to know how the mind works through psychological testing. 

To learn more, call 281.480.7554 or visit mindworkstesting.org.
17555 El Camino Real
Houston, Texas 77058
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Did you know?
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young adults between the ages of 15 and 24.   
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MindWorks in Houston Family Magazine

Last year, Dr. Jerry DeSobe, executive director of the Krist Samaritan Center, was interviewed by Houston Family Magazine in an article that featured teen depression. 

To read the article entitled, “Teen Depression: Is Your Child Suffering?”, click here and turn to pages 14 – 15.  

Houston Family Magazine Article [http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=23417&page=1]

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