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The following organizations can provide helpful information to
clinicians and parents concerned about preventing teen depression
and violence. We've also included PDFs of three federal reports
about how best to prevent school violence.
Adolescent Wellness, Inc. Children's Hospital Boston and McLean
Offers information about two curricula: one to promote overall
mental health, and the other for preventing depression.
Anda RF, et al. "Depression and the Dynamics of Smoking. A
National Perspective," Journal of the American Medical
Association (Sept. 26, 1990): Vol. 264, No. 12, pp. 1541–45.
De Leon J, et al. "Schizophrenia and Smoking: An Epidemiological
Survey in a State Hospital," American Journal of Psychiatry
(March 1995): Vol. 152, No. 3, pp. 453–55.
Evins AE. "Nicotine Dependence in Schizophrenia: Prevalence,
Mechanisms, and Implications for Treatment," Psychiatric Times
(March 1, 2008): Vol. 25, No. 3 (electronic version).
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. "U.S. Preventive
Services Task Force: Screening for Depression," May 2002.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Five Leading Causes
of Death, United States, 2005, All Races, Both Sexes, Ages 10 to
24." Accessed via http://webappa.cdc.gov/cgi-bin/broker.exe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "School Associated
Student Homicides, United States, 1992–2006," Morbidity and
Mortality Weekly Report (Jan. 18, 2008): Vol. 57, No. 2, pp.
Schools seeking to prevent or reduce violence are using screening tools to identify students who may be suffering from depression. The goal is to create an environment where students feel they are connected to the school community.
People with a psychiatric condition are more likely to be
smokers. Treatment tends to be more aggressive, and they may have
to take smoking-cessation medication in higher doses, and for
longer periods of time, for it to be successful.
Adults who experience the death of a sibling often find that
their loss is minimized by others, which may cause them to
suppress their grief. Survivors should seek out a grief partner
for emotional support.
Elderly patients with dementia who were exposed to bright light
for several hours each day showed a slight improvement in
A series of experiments found that people who spent money on
others were happier than those who spent it on themselves.
Research on social connections and aging finds that older people
with a large, active social network are more likely to retain
their cognitive functioning, and less lilely to develop dementia.