Today, more than ever, teens are faced with peer pressure, divorce, low self-esteem, and other life experiences which can impact their emotional well-being. Does your teen suffer from depression?
It can be tricky to pin-point teen depression symptoms
but here are some of the signs to look for.
Does your teen have a tendency to sleep late on school days? Do you have trouble getting them out of bed to go to school? Are they not eating properly? Are they spending a great deal of time in their rooms with the music blasting? Is the music foreboding? Are there dark and disturbing posters hung in your teenís room? Does your teen seem listless and moody? Has your teen become isolated from friends and family members? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may have a teen who is suffering from depression.
Most teenagers become moody; itís a fact of life. But when the moodiness turns to depression, it is more serious and requires intervention. Talk to your child. Try to determine the cause. If your child is not yet ready to discuss the problem, let him or her know you are always there for them; that they can rely on you to listen without passing judgment. Give them time to form the words to express their feelings. Sometimes, the only way a teen can express their emotions is through anger. Be aware of this, and try to take the edge off by using comforting and safe words. Above all, donít lecture the teen or issue an ultimatum. Donít change the subject; their pain is real Ė acknowledge it.
One of the issues teens face is not living up to your standards.
Assure them they are loved despite everything. Tell them
there is nothing in this world that could change the way
you feel about them. Allow them the room to open up to
you; then when they do, ensure it is safe for them to
say anything, reveal anything. Do not discuss how you
feel. This will just alienate the teen. It isnít about
you; it is about what your teen is going through.
When all else fails, and you are concerned about your
teen might take his depression a step further, a visit
to a therapist or psychologist is necessary. It can be a
scary time for you, but remember this depression is not
about you. Donít lay a guilt trip on your teen by
saying, ďWhat did I do wrong!Ē Be supportive,
compassionate, understanding; most of all listen. Really
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