Helping your child through teenage depression is not an easy task. You may never know their reaction when it comes to you initiating a conversation or making a suggestion to help get them into a better mood!
Parents may not always have the answers but continuing to try to better their mental health can make a world of difference. Beyond medical and therapeutic intervention, there are plenty of different ways you can help your child deal with their teenage depression symptoms.
1) Make sure you get your child assessed by a professional.
This is important as they will determine what (if any) medication they need to be on, as well as other types of therapy. Experts can help you to provide the right kind of care for your child.
2) Accept your child’s diagnosis and feelings as valid.
Although they may seem to occasionally overreact to a situation, understanding that their emotions are not something that they have control over is important in building trust.
Encouraging them to continue attending school and being social can assist in maintaining and boosting their self-esteem. When parents and caretakers give into requests to stay home from school on a regular basis or discontinue hobbies and friends, it can disable the child or teen further into their depressive state.
4) Communication is key!
Start a dialogue and continue to communicate with your child. Let them know that you are a safe place for them to confide their inner-most feelings to. Ask prompting questions to try to understand how and why they are feeling the way that they are. Before you know it, they will be coming to you before you even have to ask!
If you think your child may be suffering from depression, find out if a Clinical Trial is right for them.