Is Your Teenager Depressed? 5 Red Flags

Available for Interviews: Dr. Pete Loper

Dr. Pete Loper, MD, MSEd, FAAP, is a triple board-certified physician in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry. He is also a professor and executive coach and is dedicated to mental health and wellness advocacy.

What Dr. Loper could say on
Determining Your Teen’s Possible Depression:

As a pediatrician, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and the parent of a teenager, I believe that the best strategy to support our teenagers’ wellbeing is to engage in a consistent practice of meaningful interaction.  Being intentional with dedicating a few minutes a day to “check in” with your adolescent can go a long way.  But even with a consistent and open dialogue regarding their mental health, teenagers may not always be forthcoming in telling you how they feel.  Life gets busy, and there are more distractions today than ever.  Given their independence and reluctance to fully express themselves, especially to mom or dad, it is important to be on the lookout for “red flags” that may indicate that they may be experiencing depression.  Below are 5 “red flags” that may indicate that your teenager is experiencing a depressive episode.  To determine if your adolescent might be at risk for depression ask the following questions: 

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5 Ways to Best Support the Mental Health of a Loved One

Available for Interviews: Dr. Pete Loper

Dr. Pete Loper, MD, MSEd, FAAP, is a triple board-certified physician in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry. He is also a professor and executive coach and is dedicated to mental health and wellness advocacy.

What Dr. Loper could say on
Supporting Mental Wellbeing of Loved Ones:

Especially in these turbulent times, we need better strategies and tools to best support our loved ones who may be experiencing mental health challenges. Here are 5 ways we can help:

    1.  The best way to support someone living with a mental illness is to be fully present, engaged, and available for them.
    2.  The concept of “befriending”, or engaging in consistent, meaningful interpersonal interactions is an evidence-based intervention to support those with mental illness, particularly those suffering from depression. 
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How to Be More Happy :)

Available for Interviews: Dr. Colleen Cira

As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Trauma, Dr. Cira worked with hundreds of people on how to increase happiness in their lives, even after they experience the unthinkable.  We all have a certain happiness set-point, but there are things we can do to encourage our set-points to move in a better direction.


As we close the chapter on the pandemic story of 2020, thankfully, things are slowly starting to become more hopeful as the vaccine makes it way to more and more people. Although anxiety and stress is still extremely high for millions of Americans, deep down we know that this is all temporary and a new healthier dawn is on the horizon.

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Suicide Is Not a Choice and Other Myths Debunked

Interview: Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D.

Dr. Cira has worked with hundreds of people struggling with suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately, she also had a family member commit suicide, so she understands the tragedy of this both personally and professionally.

What Dr. Colleen Cira Can Say in an
Interview About Suicide
:

Suicide is so confusing and difficult to understand because suicide sounds awful to someone who isn’t in tremendous amounts of pain. The idea of taking your own life sounds terrifying to most of us and then all of the consequences that come with suicide (loved ones grieving, feelings of failure, etc) make it sound pretty unappealing if you’ve never been in so much pain that death sounds like a relief. But someone’s profound pain coupled with the hopelessness of feeling like the pain is never going away can make death sound/feel like an answer. The problem is that most pain DOES go away, but sometimes it takes a lot longer than what is ideal which leaves people in a tough position.

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The Link Between Depression & Our Natural Environment

Available for Interviews: Dr. Michael Evangel

Dr. Michael S. Evangel, Chiropractic Physician, is the owner of the Chiropractic Wellness Center in Paramus, NJ. For over 30 years, his mission is to provide state-of-the-art, high-quality care to people of all ages. Dr. Evangel also received his master’s degree in Environmental Health and has a passion for this area of expertise.

What Dr. Mike Evangel could say on
Depression & Our Environment:

Besides some of the more known ways to combat depression, like diet & exercise and vitamins & supplements, we can also look to both our environment and our own behaviors to offer solutions.

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4 Signs You Might Benefit From Taking Anti-Anxiety Medication

 

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Colleen Cira

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

Talking Points from Dr. Cira on
Anti-Anxiety Medication:

1) You are having a difficult time just doing life.
    • You might be so stressed out at work that it’s hard to think, having panic attacks with regularity where you lose time during your day to deal with them and recover, it may be difficult to get out of bed every day because you are so filled with dread or your worry may be causing problems with your partner, friends or family.

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Do You Have High-Functioning Depression?

Available for Interviews: Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D.

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

What Dr. Colleen Cira can say in an interview on
High-Functioning Depression:

What exactly is “high-functioning depression?

    • High functioning depression refers to someone who struggles with depressive symptoms (sadness, tearfulness, apathy, guilt, etc), but who continues to function quite well in their everyday life by going to work, maintaining social commitments, fulfilling responsibilities, etc.
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Loneliness During the Pandemic (and How Home Health Care Is Helping)

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Cleamon Moorer, Jr.

Cleamon Moorer, Jr., DBA, is President and CEO, American Advantage Home Care, Inc. His home healthcare agency has served thousands of patients all throughout Metro Detroit. He is also the bestselling author of From Failure to Promise: 360 Degrees. Dr. Moorer has also created a new podcast/webcast, The Home Health Care Today Show which was designed to inform and build awareness of issues related to home health care.

What Dr. Moorer can say in an interview about
How Home Health Care Is Supporting Home-Bound Seniors
:

    • Unfortunately, this time of the year (holidays, winter, etc.) sees the rise of hospital admissions and readmissions—and the pandemic has only compounded this issue.
    • Grief and bereavement contribute to the despair that survivors of lost loved ones often feel which in turn negatively impacts health challenges and conditions for many elderly individuals.

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Grief and Loss: How We Can Help Others During a Pandemic

Interview with Dr. Colleen Cira:

Dr. Colleen Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

 

Talking Points from Dr. Cira
On How to Help Others Cope with Grief & Loss:

We are all experiencing a collective trauma, which means to some extent, we are all experiencing some amount of grief and loss. Here are a few things to consider when trying to cope or help others cope.

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Discover 4 Natural Treatments for Depression

Available for Interviews: Dr. Eldred Taylor

Eldred Taylor, M.D. is a well-known, dynamic speaker and expert on Holistic Functional and Anti-Aging Medicine. He is the co-author of two must-read books, Are Your Hormone Making You Sick? and The Stress Connection, and also a sought-after radio and television personality who has been featured in local and national publications.

Understanding Depression

Depression, which is also referred to as clinical depression or major depressive disorder, is a mood disorder that creates feelings of sadness and hopelessness that can last for a long period of time. Eventually, it starts to creep into your everyday life, affecting the way you think, how you deal with stress, the way you behave, and how you feel. Your regular activities of daily life, like getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, and showering may feel pointless and overwhelming. Your energy may feel sapped too, making it even easier to skip these small tasks.

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