Teen depression rates are rising. You probably see on the news or in your social media feeds posts about teen suicide. This isn’t meant to scare you, but to inform you. Teenagers today are struggling with overwhelming emotions. They are facing unrealistic pressure and expectations of trying to the best. They often need help learning how to recognize and understand what they are feeling. Let’s talk about signs of when you may need to help your teen manage their emotions.Teen depression rates are rising. You probably see on the news or in your social media feeds posts about teen suicide. This isn’t meant to scare you, but to inform you. Teenagers today are struggling with overwhelming emotions. They are facing unrealistic pressure and expectations of trying to the best. They often need help learning how to recognize and understand what they are feeling. Let’s talk about signs of when you may need to help your teen manage their emotions.
Social Withdrawal This is typically an indicator a parent will notice when their teen doesn’t want to social with their peers. Some teens withdrawal from some but not all friends. This is a good time to ask them what is going on. Remember to be validating and role model understanding. Depending on how they answer will determine your next steps. If there is a barrier you may want to seek outside support such as counseling.
Increased and Unexplained Aches and Pains Depressed teen often complains of not feeling well. Common aliments include headaches and stomach aches. It is important to take them to their primary care physician to rule out any medical causes. Depression can lead to physical complaints that may impact school and social avoidance.
Irritable or Angry I know you are thinking isn’t every teen moody, but that’s not entirely accurate. While the brain is still developing impacting their mood shifts, the type of irritability and anger I am referring to is yelling, fighting, rage, cursing, or property destruction. Depression in teenage boys may look different than girls, boys may be more outward destructive behaviors. They may appear more oppositional and get involved with the wrong crowd, while girls may become more withdrawn.
Let’s talk about ways can help!
3 Ways to Help Them
1. Make face time a priority
This may simple but for some it is harder than it sounds. Quality time can say “you are important and a priority.” Take time each day to be totally focused on your teen.
2. Limit Screen Time
More and more research is showing the negative impact screen time is having on mental health. Teens often go online, play video games, or watch YouTube to avoid dealing with their emotions. Social media also creates tremendous pressure for teens to be perfect, comparing themselves to perceived versions of others’ lives. This is a standard no one can live up to. Talk to your teens about the impact of social media. Have social media contracts or discuss online safety.
3. Get active with your teen
Exercise is a great mood booster. Ask your teen what they want to do. This is a great way to bond as well. Suggest activities such as sports or hiking or promote volunteering or being a mentor.
This blog reviewed some of the signs may indicate your teen is depressed. There are many more that you can find here. Observe your child, get to know them, monitor if they are off their baseline. Ask questions and keep the dialogue going.
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