Stressed & Depressed: 8 Ways Teens Are Hurting Themselves on Purpose

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: American teens are stressed and depressed... perhaps even more so than adults.
Air Date: 3/19/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Kathleen Berchelmann, MD
Berchelmann-012Kathleen Berchelmann, M.D., is a pediatrician at St. Louis Children's Hospital, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, and an official spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Kathleen is the co-founder and director of ChildrensMD, a blog written by five dynamic mom-pediatricians who share their true confessions of trying to apply science and medicine to motherhood. Kathleen and her husband are raising five children.

Dr. Berchelmann is a frequent contributor to health and parenting TV news segments including Fox New's Happening Now, with Jenna Lee and Jon Scott, and St. Louis stations KTVI (Fox) and KSDK (NBC).

Her written work has been featured in print and online publications including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Chicago Tribune and TIME magazine. She has a weekly online question and answer forum on
Stressed & Depressed: 8 Ways Teens Are Hurting Themselves on Purpose
American teens are stressed and depressed.

Between the suicide attempts and the overdoses, there are many new methods that teens are finding to intentionally hurt themselves -- to somehow dull the pain.

And, it's getting worse. According to recent results from the Stress in America Study, teens are now more stressed out than adults.

40% feel irritable or angry
36% feel nervous or anxious
31% felt overwhelmed due to stress in the past month
36% feel fatigued or tired, and
Almost 30% feel depressed or sad

Your teen can't manage stress and depression without YOU. The Stress in America study found that about 40% of teens reported they aren't doing enough to manage their stress.

As a nation, we need to teach our children healthy living and what to do when they feel overwhelmed, tired, angry, depressed or anxious.

In this segment of Healthy Children, Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann shares the best and most important ways to help your teen overcome sadness, depression, and anxiety.
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