Having the ability to diagnose teens who are suffering from major depression early on gives young people a better outlook for their future mental health, as those who don’t receive treatment often run into significant mental health issues down the road.
Troy, MI (PRWEB) May 09, 2012
Mental health experts in Michigan are excited about recent research from Northwestern University, which has developed the first blood test to diagnose depression in teens. According to Lori Edelson, Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist and spokesperson, the latest developments in diagnosing teen depression are an important step in treating the mental illness in young people. “Having the ability to diagnose teens who are suffering from major depression early on gives young people a better outlook for their future mental health, as those who don’t receive treatment often run into significant mental health issues down the road.”
Northwestern's findings are a positive step in the search for more effective treatment for depression in teens, a group that is typically harder to diagnose due to normal mood changes and what is viewed as “typical” teen behavior. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and lead investigator of the study Eva Redei, PhD said, “Right now depression is treated with a blunt instrument. It’s like treating Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes exactly the same way. We need to do better for these kids.”
Speaking to the social view of depression in today’s society, Redei said, “Everybody, including parents, are wary of treatment, and there remains a social stigma around depression, which in the peer-pressured world of teenagers, is even more devastating.” Redei and her research team hope that by removing the stigma that is associated with depression, teens can be properly diagnosed and treated instead of allowing the illness to continue on into adulthood.
Birmingham Maple Clinic has been specializing in mental health services in Michigan for over 30 years, providing services for individuals, couples, families, groups and the community. The clinic provides treatment for a variety of psychological conditions, including child and adult ADHD, anxiety and panic disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and marriage, family and relationship counseling. For more information, please visit http://www.birminghammaple.com.