Well, Depression is so common among teenagers which is actually difficult for parents to recognize. Almost 95% of the parents believe that they know their children and can easily know if their child was depressed.
However, two-thirds of parents also admitted that there were real challenges in recognizing mental illness. Recognizing whether a teen was experiencing normal mood swings or depression is a big challenge for parents. At this age, children become good at hiding their feelings.
Ultimately this results in to increase in suicide rates among young people. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among adolescents 15–19 years old.
Signs Of Depression Every Parent Must Know about:
- If your child is not showing interest in things and activities that once he enjoyed.
- Behavioral changes- change in appetite, energy level, sleep patterns, and academic performance.
- Always acting really sad or irritable.
- Most of the time complaining about being tired or having a stomach ache.
- Using words such as “down” or “stressed” rather than “depressed” or making statements like “I am most of the time at stressful mode”.
- Sometimes talk about suicide, even in passing.
This is how you can help your child to recover from depression
A clinical psychologist suggests that the best way to get kids to talk is to just be present. Parents shouldn’t be afraid to ask their children if they’re feeling suicidal or if they ever felt anything like that.
Kids are more likely to open up if you walk with them, so a stroll would be better rather than a formal face-to-face conversation. If they’re not willing to talk now, tell them you’ll check back to them and do it.
Moreover, families should identify a “go-to” adult. It may perhaps a teacher, coach or relative with who the teen can talk outside the immediate family.