Tomorrow’s Health: diagnosing depression, counseling for adolescents & heart failure in pregnant women

Tomorrow's Health for November 19, 2019

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A new national poll shows many parents face barriers when it comes to diagnosing depression in their own teenagers.

Researchers in Michigan report 40 percent of parents struggle to differentiate the disorder from normal mood swings.

At least 30 percent say their child is good at hiding their feelings.

Counseling for adolescents

The American Academy of Pediatrics is emphasizing the need for adolescents to get preventive care and counseling as they transition to adulthood.

Studies show that many adolescents are more prone to risky behaviors.

Experts say ongoing conversations about mental health concerns or substance abuse are critical.

Heart failure in pregnant women

Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania say the earlier pregnant women are diagnosed with a rare and dangerous type of heart failure, the better the outcomes.

Researchers found black women with peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM), are on average diagnosed significantly later than white patients.

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