Everybody knows that depression is a medical condition that can cause psychological and physical symptoms. It can happen at any age, even to teenagers. Teenage depression can be manifested in many ways, and some symptoms can be difficult to recognize by parents and even by teens themselves. In some cases, teens can be angry or irritated while others are can experience symptoms such as apathy and a tendency to self-isolation. It’s recommended to see a specialist who can help your child overcome this period and teach you how to support them. A parent’s guide to teenage depression will help you better understand your teen.
One of the most important things you can do for your child is to strengthen your relationship with them. Try to understand them by putting yourself in their place. Maybe they feel irritated and angry a lot of times, but you must support them in every moment of their life. You should know that for a depressive teenager, even the smallest things can be difficult. That’s why they become disappointed and they don’t understand what has happened to them. Ask them questions about their mood and don’t judge them even if you disagree with their point of view. Moreover, listen to them talk about their problems, but don’t try to solve them, because they will feel uncomfortable. You may think that you are not doing enough, but communicating with your teen is exactly what they need from you.
Accentuate the positive factors
It’s very important to notice the positive things your teen does. Tell them every day plenty of positive things, show them your love, let them know that you’re proud of them and try to appreciate your teen more. You may be surprised to find out your child wants your help but they don’t know how to ask for it. In every relationship, communication is the key to every problem. Moreover, teenagers want independence. Give them more space, but let them know you’re there for them if they ever want to talk or hear your suggestions. Furthermore, if they need special help, be prepared. Do some research. Find a therapist who can make them feel comfortable.
Finding a good therapist is extremely important and helpful because they can do an evaluation that includes treatment recommendations to help guide you.
Many depressive children benefit from medication, but you should know those anti-depressants may not help them as much as a psychiatrist does.