As many of you already know our family has been through a lot. Coping with tragedy has been very difficult for my children. We’ve done our best to help our Children and Teens Deal with Depression. Through this journey there have been many ups and downs.
Tips For Helping Children And Teens Deal With Depression
It doesn’t matter what age you are, anyone can suffer from depression. Life isn’t always easy, and for some people, the rough parts can be overwhelming. That feeling of dread can turn into a real issue if changes aren’t made quickly.
The thing is, many people think that simply having their kids change friends or schools is enough to take care of depression. However, depression is the sign that something isn’t right in their brain, and it’s not easily healed with a new life. If you really want to help your child or teen deal with the depression they are suffering, here are some tips.
Find Natural Therapies
There are natural remedies that can be used to help with depression suffered by people of any age. Ayurvedic treatments for depression are a natural way to heal the mind. You can also consider acupuncture or even acupressure.
Exercise is also a very important for treating and dealing with depression. Cardio workouts help to unleash endorphins in your brain, which are feel good hormones. That means that exercise is literally a mood booster. It’s not a cure, but it can help.
The most important thing you can do for your child or teen when they come to you about their depression is to believe them. Don’t tell them that it’s normal or that they should just cheer up. Instead, talk to them about how they are feeling and what it is that is going on to give them those feelings.
Nothing is worse for a child’s feelings and self-confidence than to confide in their parents only to have them not believe there is actually anything wrong with them. Once you’ve heard their case you can schedule them a doctor’s or therapy appointment.
Talk To A Doctor/Therapist
A diagnosis of depression is what your child or teen needs. That means you need to get them into the doctor where they will answer questions and maybe get some tests done. Once they are diagnosed the doctor can prescribe them something to help or get them into therapy (or both).
Talk therapy can sometimes be even better for depression than medication. However, teens can often feel like therapy doesn’t work for them and want to quit too early before the therapy has a chance to actually help them out. If you have to, work something out with them that will convince them to finish out their therapy.
Teen depression can escalate to suicide or attempted suicide. That is why it is extremely important to pay attention when your child expresses that they may be suffering from depression. They might not tell you, so pay attention to their actions and reactions. If your child is shut off, spending more time in their room, and not eating or doing things they normally enjoy, they could be suffering from depression. How have you helped those around you especially children and teens deal with depression?
Please know that if you or someone you know are dealing with depression there is help out there.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline for more information. You can also call 1-800- 273-TALK (8255).