This week teen depression made the news in a positive way. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reports that all young people between the ages of 12 and 18 should be screened for depression. This means primary care doctors, including pediatricians and family physicians should screen adolescents routinely for depression.
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Many teenagers have irregular or disrupted sleep patterns. Their brains are growing fast and they need quality sleep to restore the body, consolidate memory, and allow further brain development. Not getting enough sleep is often brushed off as just “typical adolescent behavior” but research indicates that lack of sleep is related to depression. » Read more..
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