Depression is one of the mood disorders that implies low mood for two weeks or more, apathy, and even pain without a cause.
Today, it is one of the increasing diseases in society.
Teens are under great pressure; often, the expectations of them are too high.
There’s no wonder depression victims become younger and younger.
Not every adult can timely ask himself: am I depressed?
What to say about teens!
That is why it is essential to keep an eye on them and carefully check the emotional and behavioral depression symptoms.
Emotional symptoms can be taken for ordinary adolescent bad moods: sadness, irritability, sensitivity to failure, feeling hopeless.
But kid’s behavior can indicate disorder: tiredness, apathy, and unusual slowness, social isolation, neglected hygiene and appearance, complaints of unexplained headaches, self-harm, and other changes.
The reasons for teen depression
Some situations are potential causes of depression.
In such cases, the parents, teachers, and friends often try to watch the teens and protect them, provide all possible help.
serious life crises, like parents’ divorce, the death of a friend or family member
physical or sexual abuse
witnessing family violence, seeing their parents’ fight
sexual orientation problems
But there are also reasons that are not so notable, but also very serious.
social status, relations with peers
patterns of negative thinking
having a close relative in depression
There may be other reasons and risk factors.
Especially bad, when they combine.
Sometimes it is hard to understand whether the teen is just feeling low and upset, or he or she is depressed, and it is time to see a mental care specialist.
Coping and solutions
It is essential to visit a doctor who will create a treatment plan.
Sometimes, the teen has to take antidepressants or psychotherapy, e.g., cognitive behavior therapy.
Taking drugs is a risk, but leaving the symptoms without a medical cure can be even more dangerous.
In most cases, a specialist will surely prescribe nondrug treatment.
The parents can help their children to handle the disease.
First of all, don’t leave them alone and speak to them!
Some psychiatrists say that it is helpful to get into a routine.
Though, it is doubtful, as everyday life is often still full of challenges and problems that caused the depression.
Great, if you can help your kid to eliminate the issues and remove stress factors.
More complicated problems to overcome are the relations at school and with the opposite gender.
Sometimes, the advice of a psychologist and your support can considerably improve the situation.
Sometimes, transferring to the other school is a wise decision.
The patterns of negative thinking and low self-esteem demands specialists help.
In general, the solutions imply changing the lifestyle:
healthy life: physical activity, exercises, healthy food and sleeping well;
Positive thinking, setting realistic, easy to achieve goals.
Getting social support – offer your kid to join a club or a group, or volunteer
doing something new and different: go together to the museum, concert or on a picnic, or simply to a new cafe, play together some new video game, etc.
Alternative medicine techniques, like meditation, yoga, or music or art therapy. By the way, it also helps to get social support.
Help the teen to fight depression! And if it is possible – do your best to prevent it!
Robert Everett: I am a freelance writer currently based in Chicago. Solving students’ career and university problems. Having an interest in marketing and business.