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TEEN DEPRESSION MEETING PLANNED THERAPIST TO DISCUSS WARNING SIGNS.

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SAUGUS - Psychotherapist Neal Goldberg will discuss teen depression and its warning signs Tuesday at a meeting of the Action parent and teen support program.

Goldberg, also a licensed clinical social worker, has worked with teens for 20 years. Action meets at 7 p.m. in the ZT bungalows in the Saugus High School student parking lot, 21900 Centurion Way.

Teen depression is hard to identify and often is confused with irritability, anger and acting out, and can be viewed as typical teenage behavior, according to Goldberg. And he finds a connection between teen depression and teen drug abuse, as well as depression issues for teens with attention deficit disorder.

``Teen depression has skyrocketed in the last 30 years,'' Goldberg said. ``Along with teen depression there has been a dramatic increase in teen suicides. Teen suicides are the third leading cause of deaths for teens, with car crashes and homicides being the first and second leading causes of teen deaths.''

Goldberg will explain to Action participants the warning signs of teen depression, and how to deal with it. Drug use and depression, he said, need separate treatment.

Action is a gathering of parents who meet to offer each other support and practical solutions to problems.

For further information about the talk on teen depression or the support group, call the hotline at (661) 297-4660. Action is nonprofit and meets at Tuesday nights at Saugus High.
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