With fewer pharmaceutical treatment options recommended for young people than for adults, talk-based therapies offer a wider range of choices for younger patients, with less risk of side effects.
“Fortunately, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported psychosocial intervention for depression in young people,” Friedberg said. “This webinar will discuss common signs of depression in young people, ways to identify these symptoms, and an overview of what parents and young people can expect from CBT-focused treatment.”
The Alan Hu Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, as well as to support research into treatment options. It was created by Xiaofang Chen and Chih-Ching Hu in memory of their son Alan Hu, who died by suicide aged 15 in 2018 after mental health issues.
“His pain was real and unbearable, but it was invisible,” Chen told the foundation’s website. “There was no thermometer to show a fever, no imaging to show a lump inside and no blood test to show an elevated white blood cell count.”
The foundation specifically seeks to address issues with existing mental health care practices that Chen says led to his son’s death.
“Mental disorders are far from uncommon, but talking about them is rare,” Chen said. “They frighten people because we understand them too little. People overcame many other illnesses because skilled health care providers and appropriate treatments were available. The same will happen with mental illnesses when people start talking about them, paying attention to understanding them and understanding them better. »
The free webinar featuring Friedberg is scheduled for September. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A meeting link is available by registering here.
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