Farmingdale Crash Prompts Reminder for Parents to Monitor Teen's Grieving Process

Farmingdale parents should watch for signs of depression in their children in the wake of a deadly head-on crash that killed five teens, a psychiatrist says.

Tina Walch, MD, South Oaks Hospital medical director and a psychiatrist, said the grieving process now and in the coming weeks and months is normal for most children, but signs of them not enjoying things they usually would is cause for concern.

"I think it's different for every child and every person responds in a different way, but parents know their children the best," Dr. Walch said. "After a reasonable time, and that could be weeks or even months, if they are still seeming to be processing that grief response, you may want to talk to someone."

 

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