Attorney Janis Zachman recently attended a class on psychiatric disorders in children.
The curriculum included information on internalizing/emotional disorders (such as anxiety or mood disturbances), externalizing/behavioral disorders (such as disruptive disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and trauma based disorders (such as reactive attachment), along with proven treatments.
The class was in fulfillment of her recertification as an Ohio Guardian ad Litem.
This information is timely in our community as several of our area high schools deal with teen suicides.
Parents, child advocates and high school students are encouraged to learn more about depression and other indicators of risk for teen suicide at an E4 Youth Summit, sponsored by Medina County United Way on February 18-19 at the Blair Center in Westfield. E4 stands for Equip, Educate. Empower and Engage.
All Medina County high school students are eligible to apply to participate. Applications are available at each high school or by email from the United Way at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on teen suicide in Medina County, see Medina Gazette: United Way: County failing to address teen suicide