The teenage years can be extremely tough. You remember the growing pains associated with trying to handle hormones, make good grades, maintain a social life, and enjoy your hobbies or find new ones. It can all be extremely overwhelming. Depression among teens is not a new phenomenon. It is more common now than ever. If your daughter is struggling with depression, you must first realize it. Then educate yourself. Then you can provide her with the help she needs.
Do any of the following apply to your teenage daughter?
- Has she been sad or irritable most of the day, most days in a week for at least two weeks?
- Has she lost interest in things that she used to really enjoy?
- Have her eating or sleeping habits changed?
- Does she have very little energy, very little motivation to do much of anything?
- Is she feeling worthless, hopeless about her future, or guilty about things that aren’t her fault?
- Have her grades dropped, or is she finding it difficult to concentrate?
- Has she had thoughts of suicide? If so it’s crucial you have her evaluated by a mental health professional immediately.
How to Help Her
This is a list of common signs that parents identify in their depressed children. If you find that your child is struggling with depression here are four ways you can help support them:
- Build your relationship with them. Make it clear that you are giving a full effort to understand the pain they are feeling. Don’t dismiss their feelings or tell them they are wrong. Everyone is entitled to their own emotions. Create a foundation in which they know they can trust you and talk to you about what they are experiencing. Helping them starts with a healthy line of communication and trust.
- Point out the positives. When you notice your teen making full effort to interact with others, get homework done, or practice self-care, tell her you notice. Let your child know you’re proud of them. This can reinforce their value and make them feel accomplished. Keep a conscious awareness of if you are highlighting or helping your teen with their problems.
- Provide resources and proper care. If your child needs professional intervention. Help them get it. Teens won’t willingly hop in the car and engage with a stranger about how their feeling. It doesn’t work like that. Do your research and find the therapy program that you feel can address your teen’s needs. Talk with them about how beneficial this will be and make the transition as smooth as possible.
- Practice self-care. Parenting a child struggling with depression can be emotionally and physically taxing. In order to help your child get healthy, you should be healthy. Get rest, relax, and allow time for doing things you enjoy. This helps you recover and recharge so that you can provide the high-level of support your child needs.
Solstice East Residential Treatment Center can help
Solstice East is a program for girls ages 14 to 18 who struggle with mental health disorders. This treatment program focuses on high levels of family intervention, emotional safety, and healthy boundaries as a way to help young girls recreate a happy, healthy life. Solstice East’s environment sets the stage for an exceptional healing and recovering place. This program gives students the opportunity to regain their self-confidence, self-awareness, and integrate healthy habits into their everyday lives. Let us help your family today!
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