The teenage years can bring about new defiance in your teen. If your teenage daughter is depressed and refusing help, this can make things challenging for you as a parent. You want them to feel better, but without help, that is nearly impossible. First you should understand that asking for help or seeking help for that matter is not always easy. Your teen may refuse help for the following reasons:
- They feel ashamed of their depression
- They do not want to talk about the things that hurt them
- The idea of confiding in a stranger scares them
- Teens may feel like no one will understand
One of these reasons could be why your daughter does not want to seek professional help. If you try to force her to go, you are only risking creating resentment from her towards you. She may feel like you are not on your side and you are being completely inconsiderate of her own boundaries. However, we know this is not the case. You want your daughter to be happy and healthy. And getting help is the solution to getting her on her way.
Starter Tips: If Your Teenage Daughter Is Depressed
VeryWellMind has compiled a list of suggestions for parents on how to confront a teen who refuses to get help. Consider implementing these steps at home. What works for one teen may not work for another. However, this is a good starting point. Here are some tips on how you can effectively encourage your daughter to seek help:
- Talk to her about the symptoms you’re seeing that lead you to believe she has depression.
- Discuss how having untreated depression can negatively impact her.
- Make a compassionate deal. For example, tell her that if she’ll agree to an evaluation with a therapist specializing in teen depression, you’ll treat her to a hot fudge sundae or another reward that motivates her.
- Attempt to empathize with the pain she is feeling. For example, discuss that while you can’t know how she’s feeling, outwardly she seems unhappy.
- Reassure her that being depressed is a common medical condition that she can’t control and should never feel ashamed about.
- Write down and give her a list of the positive qualities you know she has that will help her to heal.
- Openly acknowledge that getting help takes courage.
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