My 8-year-old son always feels unwell and is very emotional. I am depressed, and our interactions are difficult. Please help.
- Janine Domingues, PhD
Physical symptoms are often connected to emotional difficulties. Because your son has these symptoms and a family history of depression, he may need treatment.READ MORE
My daughter who is self-harming has agreed to see a counselor. Is there anything else we can do?
- Jill Emanuele, PhD
Seeing a counselor will be a good step towards learning how to help her. Beyond that you should be supportive—and get support for yourself if you need it.READ MORE
I'm afraid my 15-year-old daughter is a hoarder because she hides food around her room. What do you think?
- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
Children who hoard usually keep many different kinds of things, not just food. There are some other explanations for your daughter's behavior that might be a better fit.READ MORE
If you think your college age child is depressed but she says she's fine, what do you recommend?
- Jill Emanuele, PhD
Offer your support, but be patient if she isn't ready to ask for help right away. Getting treatment needs to be her decision.READ MORE
Helping College Kids With Depression
- Rachel Ehmke
School is hard enough without adding depression to the course load. Learn what to look out for and who can help.READ MORE
Epilepsy, MS, and Mental Illness: Treating the Whole Child
Too often, kids with chronic diseases aren't diagnosed with co-occuring disorders, says Dr. Deborah Weisbrot. It's an understandable but unfortunate missed opportunity.WATCH MORE
Teen Suicides: What Are the Risk Factors?
Some aspects of a child's temperament, family life, and larger community that make a suicide attempt more likely, and some that mitigate that likelihood.READ MORE
Our daughter doesn't accept her diagnoses of anxiety and depression, and we aren't thrilled with the psychologist. Any suggestions?
- Alan Ravitz, MD, MS
People think that you don't need to like a therapist, but that just isn't true. And with teens who are particularly treatment-resitant, finding the right person is key.READ MORE
Naomi Judd at the Katz Lecture: Tragedy, Resilience, and Success
- Harry Kimball
Famed singer says there's no shame in mental illness. And to those who perpetuate stigma? 'Shame on them.'READ MORE
Childhood and Adolescent Depression
- Caroline Miller
Adam Jeffrey Katz Lecturer Dr. Gabrielle Carlson focuses on risk factors, from temperament to early puberty to family conflict and bullying.READ MORE