Dr. Shaffer, the founder of TeenScreen -
a high school program that screens adolescents
for depression - explains, "We need to stop this
disease before it starts.
In order for this to happen teens and
parents need to know what depression looks
like, what can lead a person down this road
and what to do if you're already there."
Dr Moira Rynn, an associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
at Columbia University notes:
"Depression is dangerous because it doesn't
manifest like the chicken pox easily hiding behind
the guise of teenage mood swings." With a system constantly in
a state of flux, mentally and physically, teens may fail to
recognize the symptoms and are much more likely
to go untreated for longer periods of time.
However, it doesn't have to be this way.
Through interviews with Dr. Steven Schlozman,
a child psychiatrist at Massachusetts General
and professor at Harvard we provide a straightforward
Strategy for diagnosing adolescents. Dr. Karyn Ruiz,
a psychologist at Beth Israel Hospital in New York,
goes on to discuss the varying treatment options
and how to tailor them to each individual patient
The end result of this film is to explore the
intricacies of depression in order to help
those suffering from it and their support systems.
If you know or suspect someone who suffers from
this or you do yourself then this is program
could be very helpful.