New Research: Treating Teen's Depression May Give Parents a Mental Health Boost

According to preliminary research presented at the American Psychological Association, when adolescents go through some form of mental health treatment, symptoms of depression go down in parents. The study, conducted by doctoral candidate Kelsey Howard at Northwestern University, looked at 325 American teenagers and their parents. 

Any parent knows that their child's mood can have an affect on them. Think about the last time your adolescent came home, slammed doors and told you how much they hate you. Did you have any feelings about that? Now we have research confirming that this is the case. 

According to Howard, "It's clear that kids affect parents." 

What's not yet clear in the research is why this happens. "It could be in how the family is interacting with each other: the kid is more pleasant to be around, the kid is making less negative statements, which can affect how the whole family thinks," stated Howard. 

Bottom line: we are all connected. Mental health treatment for one family member can affect other family members. 

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