IN THE FAMILY
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.