Depression is a serious issue that many teens face. It can be difficult for parents to know how to best support their children during this time. In this blog post, we will discuss the signs of depression in teens and what parents and teens need to know to get help.
If you are a parent of a teen, it is vital to be aware of the signs of depression. These can include changes in mood, sleep, appetite, energy levels, and concentration. If you notice any of these changes in your child, it is important to talk to them about what is going on. It is also important to seek professional help if the changes are severe or if they last for more than a couple of weeks.
As a teen, it is also essential to be aware of the signs of depression. If you are experiencing any of the above changes, it is essential to reach out for help. This can be difficult to do, but many resources available can provide support. You are not alone in this.
What do you say to a depressed teenager?
- “I can see how you feel overwhelmed by those thoughts.”
- “That sounds painful, but you’re not alone. I’m here to support you.”
- “I imagine feeling sad all the time must make you feel exhausted. You’re going through so much.”
Explain the behaviors worrying you:
- “I wonder why you haven’t spent much time with your friends lately.”
- “I’m worried because you’re sleeping much more than usual.”
- “I’ve noticed you get angry so quickly these days.”
- “I’m concerned because you haven’t put much effort into your schoolwork lately.”
Then, follow up with open-ended questions:
- “What happened to change your mind about your friends?”
- “Can you explain what’s bothering you?”
- “What’s making you feel this way?”
- “Do you think about death or dying?”
- find it harder than usual to concentrate
- move more slowly than usual
- seem frustrated and overly self-critical when they make a mistake
Make some changes as a family
- more physical activity
- regular nutritious meals
- plenty of sunshine
- dedicated bedtimes
- a nightly wind-down routine