Prevent Depression For Youths with Special Health Needs

Parents of children with special health care needs may want to take extra steps to help their children avoid feeling ostracized or becoming a victim of bullying.

A study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting found that being left out, ignored or bullied by their peers is the main reason youth with special needs report feeling anxious or depressed, according to a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“What is notable about these findings is that despite all the many challenges these children face in relation to their chronic medical or developmental diagnosis, being bullied or excluded by their peers were the factors most likely to produce whether or not they reported symptoms of depression, said Dr. Margaret Ellis McKenna, lead researcher, in the news release

Children in the study had a range of health issues from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism to obesity and diabetes.

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