With ever-increasing demands and pressures, the teenage years are a delicate time where many question who they are and where they fit in. For parents, it may be difficult to determine if your child is experiencing normal teenage insecurities, or if there is an underlying causes that is greater and more serious. If you find yourself in this emotional and overwhelming predicament, it’s important to understand that teenage depression is treatable, and your support can go a long way.
To begin, do not assume that you are overreacting when it comes to your teen’s apparent depression. Remember, as adults, we can seek help on our own when we feel low. Teens, on the other hand, are much more vulnerable, and ultimately depend on others to recognize their suffering for them. Thus, as parents, there are several non-threatening ways you can become more familiar with what’s going on with your child, while you attempt to understand their state of mind. Consider the following:
- Watch for irritability and anger. While these emotions may seem “normal” for your child’s age, they may be a red flag if they are persistent and ongoing.
- Be sure you are able to speak with you child face to face at least once everyday.
- Listen to your teen. Be mindful of your tone of voice, and do not lecture.
- Encourage your teen to spend time outside of the house with friends.
- Make sure your teen is not overly tired. Are they getting enough sleep and activity?
Your Teen May Not Appear Sad, Even Though They Are Depressed
Contrary to what many assume, your teen may not appear sad when they are depressed. In fact, irritability, anger, and overall agitation are more prominent symptoms in teens with depression. In addition, you may notice the following:
- Frequent crying
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
- Lack of energy
- Aches and pains (unexplained)
- Changes in eating habits
- Difficulty concentrating
Without question, when your child is depressed, it changes the dynamic of your entire family. Yet, your family can recover when placed on the right path to wellness.
At Nathan’s Waypoint, we understand that this may be uncharted territory for you. You should not proceed alone. With a variety of treatment options to guide your teen to a healthy place, we invite you to contact us today for a free consultation.
Posted on behalf of Nathan's Waypoint