Alex Worthington was a 17-year-old football player with the Navarre High School Raiders.
His mother, Liesa Worthington, described him as hardworking, always striving to be the best at what he does for those around him.
But after a serious injury to his stomach, Alex was sidelined, and when he returned to the field, he was far behind where he once was.
His dyslexia made learning plays difficult, and Alex said he began to take little mistakes as personal failures.
He decided he wanted to quit football. He began to withdraw from his friends and family.
He began to contemplate suicide.
Alex was suffering from depression, and it was pulling him away from the friends and activities he once loved.
His parents sought treatment and after months, he came out the other side.
But Worthington said she still remembers the fear that came along with Alex’s close call and wants other parents to be aware of the warning signs in their own teens and children.
Psychologist James Tucker works with teens and families at the Turning Point Center for Psychological and Family Growth. He counsels teens with depression at his clinic in Mary Esther.
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