Brianna Bacorn, from LifeGate Counseling Center, shares her best advice for parents with teens struggling with depression.
What myths are associated with teen depression?
“Depression is just teenage angst that they will outgrow.” Depression can ebb and flow, but time is not necessarily the cure.
How can parents tell if their teen is struggling with depression?
They may cry more often, isolate from friends and family, have suicidal thoughts, cut themselves and lose pleasure in activities that they used to enjoy.
If a teen is struggling with depression, how can parents support him/her?
Try to be present for your child. If it appears that the adolescent is having a hard time finding ways to cope, please consider taking them to a therapist. Ignoring that an adolescent is dealing with depression is not going to make it go away.
What are the available treatment options?
Therapy and medication are two options. Therapy can help reduce symptoms and equip people with the tools to work through depression. Depression can have a biological component, and medication can assist in helping with symptoms of depression.