Teens and Mental Illness

Mental illness in kids affects the whole family. Parents and their children have to balance medical treatments, therapy and stigma with the not-so-simple act of growing up. We hear stories from families on the frontlines of mental illness.


Joanne Silberner, NPR's health policy correspondent

Megan Mathews, diagnosed with clinical depression. Sophomore at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.

Virginia Murphy, Megan's mother. Teaches English at Montgomery College in Tacoma Park.

Dr. Bennett Leventhal, child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Chicago



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