Teen depression comes in two forms. It can be a simple episode in which they are upset because of a break up. Or, it can come in a constant, heavy depression that can and does destroy lives. There are many things that you, as a parent can do to keep your child out of this condition. Teen depression is serious and should be handled in the right way.
What Are The Signs?
Knowing some of the signs of depression is necessary. All parents should keep a look out for these conditions.
- Pulling away from the things that they used to love to do.
- Not eating well. While they may eat normally, they may lose weight. Or, they may not be eating at all.
- Not sleeping well. Waking up still tired is not okay.
- Pulling away from friends and social situations. This is a key sign of teen depression. Teens are social creatures and need constant interaction. If they are not allowing it to happen, they may be depressed.
- The blues that last. While everyone feels bad sometimes, teens with depression feel bad most of the time. You need to get them some help in these cases.
Teen depression that is serious can lead to additional problems. Teens that are depressed may be more likely to do drugs or drink alcohol. Teens in this situation are less likely to do well in school. They may retreat so much so into themselves that they may become ill or may attempt to harm themselves.
One of the scariest things about teen depression is how well they can hide it. Many teens will face bouts of depression, but those that have too many will hide it well from you.
If this is the case, you may never realize how much trouble they are in until it is too later. Parenting a teen means; making it your business to know.