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Experts shed light on adolescent depression signs

The Wenatchee World - 11/7/2019

Nov. 7--WENATCHEE -- Parents -- and anyone who works with children -- are invited to learn about adolescent depression and get tips on how to help at a free event at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the LocalTel Event Center at Pybus Public Market.

A panel of experts from Columbia Valley Community Health, Columbia Pediatrics and the Wenatchee School District will talk about:

* What depression looks like and how to recognize it

* How to engage a child in a conversation about it

* The need to normalize seeking treatment when necessary

* Signs and symptoms of "Digital Dementia"and "Gaming Disorder"

* Why are screens/games so addicting?

* The iGen, why today's super-connected kids are growing up less rebellious, more tolerant, less happy and completely unprepared for adulthood

* How to find balance

* Ways to minimize depression and maximize feelings of happiness

* Tangible things we can do to become happier and more resilient to depression

The panel speakers include:

* Columbia Pediatrics' Dr. Jerry Crawford, M.D., who has more than 30 years of experience in pediatric medicine.

* Aaron MacKenzie, counselor at Washington Elementary School, with more than 20 years of school counseling experience

* Abigail Shepherd, Ph.D, a licensed mental health counselor at CVCH

Each will make a presentation, followed by time to answer audience questions. Seating is limited, so registration is recommended. For more information, go to

The event is part of the Pybus University offerings this quarter.


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