Are you aware about teenage depression? If you have never been to a depressive state when you were in your teens, or never considered as something really serious, then it will be quite difficult for you to understand teens that are going through severe depression. It is true that depression can kill, but some depression symptoms look silly to others, but already quite heavy for the one suffering from it.
If you don’t believe this is true, check out various health boards where there are health for teens dedicated for it. This thread is dedicated to teens that are sharing their stories about their overall health, and depression is one of them. Adults are warned beforehand that they are not to start lecturing or push the teens in those health boards because they are dealing with lives there. As much as possible, you are there simply to ‘listen’ to what they are discussing. You can also provide insights, but make sure you don’t do the blame game. If you have nothing nice to say, it is better not say anything at all.
Depression can be alarming and must need a doctor when you notice these following things:
- Panic attacks
- New form of depression
- Depression is getting worse
- Restlessness or agitation
- New or getting worse anxiety
- Suicidal attempts or gestures
- More talks or new thoughts of suicide
- Irritability that’s getting worse or a new one has surfaced
- Acting on very dangerous impulses
- Hyperactive behavior or speech
- Difficulty sleeping or insomnia
- Any other unusual changes with their behavior
Discuss with your doctor regarding the behavior of your child and any changes with their lifestyle that you deem not their usual self. Also, when your child suggests that they talk with a professional, give them that kind of support. They know their body well and they know who to talk with. If they prefer to talk alone with the doctor, give them that space. Also, the doctor will also suggests some things to you that will make it comfortable for your kid to recover from their depression.