Sad child in winter scarf and hat. Holiday Depression
    How to Recognize Your Child is Suffering from Holiday Depression

    The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. However, it is not always true, for kids or adults. Your kids may not spend the holiday being in all smiles and having fun. Sometim…

    Polar bear in the snow in Alaska
    10 Ways to Kick the Winter Blues

    "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."~ Albert Camus It's winter. And I'm hating it. I'm dreading the possibility of it being as bad as last winter…

    Time for Action: Treatment, Medications, and Therapy

    Being diagnosed with postpartum depression is only the first step of many. Realizing that the way you feel isn't because you're a horrible mother or that you did something wrong can lift a huge weight…

    Depression, Despair, and Suicide Risk in Children and Teens
    Depression, Despair, and Suicide Risk in Children and Teens

    Depression If any of the below occur and you see these in your child (or in yourself, a spouse, or another relative), get professional help fast. Your pediatrician or family doctor can guide you. (mor…

    Depression: 3 Simple Questions
    Depression: 3 Simple Questions

    Most women with real postpartumdepressionare never diagnosed. Even though postpartum depression is very common, and even though identifying it can help both the baby and the mother, most cases slip …

    Blue is a Color in the Rainbow
    Blue is a Color in the Rainbow

    You may feel a rainbow of emotions during the days following your baby's birth, sometimes in bewildering succession, sometimes several conflicting emotions at the same time. (more…)…

    Depressed Dads
    Depressed Dads

    Dads matter. When people think about depression soon after a baby is born, they often forget about fathers. But many new dads do get depressed, and you can read their depression in their children's be…

    Mental Illness Starts in Childhood
    Mental Illness Starts in Childhood

    Dr. Greene's take on childhood mental illness... For most people who develop mental illnesses, the problem usually starts in childhood or adolescence, according to a study published in the June 6, 200…

    A Must for Children with ADHD
    A Must for Children with ADHD

    A recent study has changed my thinking about ADHD, and I hope it changes the way that all children with ADHD are evaluated and treated. And that parents are treated. Parents deserve better understandi…

    Pediatric Prozac
    Pediatric Prozac

    Antidepressant use in children has been coming under new scrutiny since Britain raised concerns about Paxil in June 2003. On October 27, 2003 the FDA issued a public health advisory to alert U.S. phys…

    Another Adult Remedy Proves Not Good For Kids
    Another Adult Remedy Proves Not Good For Kids

    The popular antidepressant drug Effexor should not be started in children under the age of 18, according to a statement released September 19, 2003 by the British Committee on Safety of Medicines. The…

    Help for Depressed Children
    Help for Depressed Children

    About 69 percent of depressed children, aged 6 to 17, improved significantly while taking Zoloft for their depression, according to a study published in the August 27, 2003 JAMA, but data from the stu…

    Does Paxil Kill Children?
    Does Paxil Kill Children?

    On June 10, 2003 the British government issued a very strong warning about the antidepressant Paxil, called Seroxat in Britain, saying that it "should not be used in children and adolescents under the…

    Teenage boy walking away from the camera on a foggy, gloomy day. Does he need Zoloft for depression?
    Zoloft

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Zoloft (Sertraline HCl) is a powerful medicine that has been used to treat depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress syndrome--all situa…

    Depression
    Depression: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to depression: Mental illness severe enough to hinder kids from learning or developing appropriately is quite common -- but fewer than one in five affected children get the help they need…

    Baby sleeping on his father's arm and hand, in a position to help colic.
    Colic: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to colic: It usually strikes toward the end of a long day, when your baby is just about at the age when your sleep deprivation has really begun to set in. Your baby stops being the quiet,…

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to ADHD: Over-diagnosed? Under-diagnosed? Probably both ? and certainly real. ADHD affects children's school performance and their relationships with others. Parents who are wondering if …

    Beautiful Asian young mother looking sadly at her baby. Baby blues are common.
    Baby Blues

    Dr. Greene's Answer: MsHopeful, I sense your beautiful mother's heart in what you write. I can see how it must feel for your daughter when her baby cries and she cannot soothe her. I also see how it m…

    Picture of an empty bassinet - depression and pregnancy
    Depression and Pregnancy

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Masonwalls, my heart weeps for you. Such sadness in your time of joy, such joy in your sadness. And fear surrounding it all. No wonder you can't stop crying. Sometimes life feels …

    Teen Depression More Likely When Parents Are Depressed
    Teen Depression More Likely When Parents Are Depressed

    Teens whose parents are depressed are 6 times more likely than their peers to become depressed themselves - but there are ways to prevent this. The general rate of depression in adolescents is 3% to 8…