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Thursday, May 28, 2020

How to Approach Depression Treatment with your Teen

There are a number of signs that you might witness that would indicate that your teen is developing anxiety or even depression. They might be showing a lack of interest in the things they used to enjoy, or maybe they have begun to recluse themselves to an alarming degree. Lack of communication with you or their friends and exhibitions of anger or intense emotions for seemingly unprovoked reasons can be causes for concern for you as a parent.
When you begin to think that your teen is experiencing depression, you might feel helpless and at a loss for what to do to help them through this time. You can sense their pain and struggle but aren’t sure what the appropriate steps to take should be. Rest assured that there are treatment options available to you and your teenager. Unfortunately, finding the right way to approach the topic with them can be an uncomfortable and intimidating conversation to have.
Here are a few things you should do in order to make the topic of depression treatment easier to discuss with your teen.

Have a Plan

There are some teenagers who might have the self-awareness to know that they are suffering from an actual condition and need help to better cope with their emotions and thoughts. However, this is not the case for all. You can often face a situation where your child doesn’t understand why they feel the way they do or that there is help out there for them. Many teenagers might even experience denial about their depression and resist the idea of treatment.
No matter what the particular situation may be with your teen, the best thing you can do is find out some viable treatment options that you can calmly and rationally explain and lay out for them. Start by consulting a mental health professional and figure out what the recommended course of treatment would be for your teen. There are a number of resources to be found that could prove helpful to you at this time. 
While you may wish to consult your teen about the treatment options they think would best help them, it is still a good idea to come to the conversation prepared and ready to discuss the different roads you can take together to help your teen find relief and peace.

Have a Conversation, Not a Lecture

When you approach the topic of depression treatment with your teen, it can be tempting to make the discussion more of a lecture as opposed to a conversation. Try to avoid this if possible. Your teen is going to need support, but you can only know how to best support them by hearing them out and allowing them to have a voice. They will have questions, so listen and answer them to the best of your ability, and they will have concerns, so allow those concerns to be voiced and try to put their mind at ease. The best thing you can encourage in these circumstances is open two-way communication between you and your struggling teen.


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