Mom Tips: Talking to Your Teen about Depression

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mom child depressionYou can be the best Mom in the world and nurture your teen through every hardship that he brings to you, but he can still suffer from depression at some point during his teenage development. The important thing to understand is that it’s not your fault. Don’t blame yourself and don’t blame him either. You know that growing up isn’t easy and the hormones of adolescence don’t exactly help the matter. Learn to notice the signs and talk to him about depression so that you can get him the help he needs, if it is necessary.

Educate Yourself!

As a mom, you may have a master’s degree in your profession but teenagers don’t come with manuals, as every parent tends to learn the hard way. Every day is a ride and sometimes it gets pretty bumpy. When it comes to depression, it’s important to educate yourself about the early warning signs so that you can notice them and talk to your teen every step of the way.

    • Visit the guidance counselor at your child’s school. These people deal with teens every day and they are very likely to have the literature that you need as well as tips on dealing with your teen’s depression.
    • Research therapists and see if you can find someone who will talk to you and your teen together so that you can open up a dialog with him in a safe and controlled environment.
    • Get any other parenting partners in your family involved in your education. They should also be on the lookout for the warning signs and know how to approach your teen if they are worried.

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