They call in the evening. They call late into the night. They cannot understand why they feel so depressed. They are teens and young adults…some are even pre-teens. They ask me why they should continue?
The pain travels through space into my ear…they are misunderstood, treatments keep changing with little or no windows of sunshine peeking into their long dark lives. Some are even told, it’s just a teenage phase…get over it…pull it together!
Too often, I hang up feeling powerless, wondering if they will heed our verbal contract …to hang in one more hour, one more day…to reach out one more time.
Many adults finally get treatment for their mental health only discovering many times it started when they were teens. Experts in psychiatry say if a teen gets treatment for depression, for example, the recovery can be so much shorter than, if they wait until they are adults, the recovery is longer. This information sometimes gets a youth’s attention and I am hoping they will find the help they need…deserve.
This morning, I read this article on my friend/colleague’s Facebook page here about people from all over the world coming together to share their findings…professionals going back to the drawing board to study, do more research; to connect with those who have been working in isolation… to listen and try to find better treatments for depression in youths…to prevent suicides.
It only makes sense that a youth may not manage well on an “adult’s cocktail” even if professionals keep tweaking it. “Trial and error”, I sometimes try to explain the complexity of a youth’s unique, amazing and ever changing brain.” What do I know? I am not a medical or psychiatric expert? And, deep down in my heart, I am frustrated.
And then this article I just read by “Toronto’s CAMH (Canadian Ass. of Mental Health) who have launched a new centre dedicated to child and youth depression.” Let`s hope this video also reaches people to raise awareness…raise funding so researches globally, can find better “cocktails” and treatment geared to youths, come to understand the complexities of their brains…finally give them hope…their friends and family hope…
© Cheryl-Lynn R. 2015/10/09
Resources: Youth and Child Depression CAMH