ERIC Number: ED328807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
What To Do When a Friend Is Depressed: A Guide for Teenagers.
National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.
This 7-panel pamphlet provides information on teenage depression. Its slogan "Depression: Define it. Defeat it." is depicted on one-half of the pamphlet as a short, wide poster. The first of four sections presents information on depression in a question-and-answer format. Depression is defined, the etiology and incidence are discussed, and types and treatment of depression are described. The second section separates facts about depression from myths about depression, such as the notion that teenagers do not suffer from real depression when in fact, they do. The third section lists symptoms of depression in the categories of expressions of feelings, such as sadness; personal attributes, such as the inability to make decisions; physical complaints, such as sleep problems; behavior changes, such as heavy drinking; and talk of death or suicide. The final section provides advice on what to do if a teenager suspects his or her friend may be depressed. It is recommended that the teenager encourage the depressed friend to talk to a parent or teacher, or, if the depressed friend does not follow this advice, the teenager is encouraged to seek help from a trusted adult himself. Finally, the address of the DEPRESSION/Awareness, Recognition, and Treatment (D/ART) program is provided. (ABL)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.