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Decatur High hosting presentation on stress, anxiety and depression

The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Decatur Parents Network and the Decatur High PTSA are inviting the public to a discussion about mental health being held at Decatur High School on Oct. 5.

The discussion begins at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center and will cover stress, anxiety and depression.

Speakers include clinical psychologist Sunaina Jain, and psychiatrist RK Avasthi.

“Stress, anxiety, and depression are common emotional problems among high school students, but they often go unnoticed, leaving teens to seek solace and solutions from peers,” the event announcement says. “Self-medicating options, i.e. drugs, alcohol, cutting, and suicide attempts, are the high risk (which the teen brain isn’t yet able to discern) quick fixes many kids will employ in search of relief.”

Jain, who founded Pathways Transition Programs, will talk about teenage development and “the essential role of connection and mastery (in all our lives).”

“She will explore ways parents can help teems avoid the potential consequences when unaddressed stress, anxiety, and depression can interrupt the normal pursuit of these important life aspects,” the event announcement says.

Avasthi, the medical director Pathways Transition Programs, INC, will discuss the role of psychiatric care for teens struggling with stress, anxiety, and depression.

“He’ll explain how/why/when appropriate medication management provides support while critical new skills can be learned for coping with life’s constant challenges,” the event announcement says.

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