Saturday, April 7, 2012

... depression and suicide in teens and the first integrative medicine conference at la consolacion college ... (life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, quezon city, manila, philippines)

the very first annual conference on integrative medicine in the philippines was held at the la consolacion college, manila. 

sr. alou cruz and mr. macgerald cueto

dr. jaime galvez tan, the pillar of integrative medicine in the philippines, gave the keynote address.  distinguished practitioners of integrative medicine: dr. homer lee lim, dr. susan balingit, and mr. macgerald cueto served as speakers.  

as an advocate for the practice of holistic and integrative psychiatry, i gave a lecture on "depression and suicide among teens."  

as a former school psychiatrist, let me share with you some clues that your teen might be depressed or even suicidal:

* mood changes: irritability/ anger/ sadness
being an emo kid
poor school performance
conduct problems in school
social isolation/ withdrawal
physical complaints
substance/ alcohol use

and here are the symptoms of depression:

lingering feelings of sadness
loss of enjoyment, motivation, and interest
sleep pattern changes
appetite changes
energy level changes
changes in mental sharpness
negative thought patterns
lowered self-esteem
thoughts of death and/or suicide

congratulations sr. alou cruz and dean andy sorita!  
you did a mighty good job in organizing the event!