IN THE FAM­ILY

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New re­search says that help­ing your teen through de­pres­sion may help the whole fam­ily. Re­searchers from North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity’s Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try and Be­havioural Sci­ences in the US an­a­lysed data from a 2008 study that fol­lowed 300 teenagers be­ing treated for de­pres­sion. Over nine months, those teens re­ceived coun­selling, med­i­ca­tion or both, and one par­ent of each teenager was sur­veyed for de­pres­sion. The data showed that be­fore the teens started treat­ment, around a quar­ter of the par­ents were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing high lev­els of de­pres­sion, but that symp­toms im­proved over the course of the study, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the chil­dren them­selves feel­ing bet­ter over time.

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