Do you see the signs of teenage depression in your child? If so, read on to find out the most common signs of teenage depression, how to deal with depression and what to do next.
- Is your teenager depressed? It can be terribly difficult to stop the signs of teenage depression. Be sure to check if your teenager is being bullied, as this can be very traumatic ordeal, which often causes depression. The signs of teenage depression are often overlooked or not taken seriously by friends and parents, but it's a very serious matter that needs to be addressed asap. Teenagers will often display classic depressed symptoms, but if your teenager has displayed a number of the signs of teenage depression for more than two weeks, it's time to take action.
- The signs of teenage depression and what to look for? Teenagers with depression will often display the following symptoms - A sudden drop in grades, behavioural problems at school, cutting classes, drug or alcohol abuse, spending more time alone than usual, no longer taking part in extracurricular activities, a noticeable change in sleeping and eating habits, a lack of motivation in everything he/she does, discussing feelings of failure or guilt, self harming and suicidal tendencies.
- How to find out more? The first thing you need to do is talk to your son/daughter. This may be difficult because some teenagers won't want to talk to their parents about their problems. You must be probing but don't be heavy handed, remember - this will be very hard for any teenager. Don't be offended if they don't want to talk to you, instead offer them an alternative. Perhaps you have a family member or friend they would feel more comfortable talking to. If not, you could instead suggest that they meet with teacher or medical professional - alone. Be patient, they'll talk when they are ready.
- What next? Try talking to your teenagers close friends. It's likely that your son/daughter has discussed their problems with a friend. Keep a discreet eye on your teenager, be there for your child, try and to pull them out of their misery and don't let them be and feel alone. Arrange some fun family activities, perhaps you could even book a family vacation. Keep things light hearted and try to not let your teenager listen to sad music or watch depressing films.
If you think your child is showing signs of teenage depression and has been for sometime, make sure you seek professional medical advice. Click on the links below if you would like some more information on the signs of teenage depression and the help that's available.