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What can parents do to alleviate teen depression?

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Parenting teens can be a challenge. Here are some tips to deal with depression in teenagers:

If your concerns don’t go away, get professional mental health help.

  • Use positive reinforcement instead of shame and punishment
  • Allow your teen to make mistakes. Overprotection can take away their self
  • Give your teen breathing room. Don't expect teens to do exactly as you say all of the time.
  • Let your teen follow their own path, instead of yours
  • If you suspect that your teen is depressed, take the time to listen. Even if you think the their problems aren’t serious, it’s real to them
  • Keep talking to your teen, even if they seem to want to withdraw

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

Food and Drug Administration: "The Lowdown on Depression."

Mental Health America: "Factsheet: Depression in Teens."

Medline Plus: "Adolescent Depression."

ParentsMedGuide.org: "The Use of Medication in Treating Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Information for Patients and Families."

SAMHSA: "Major Depression in Children and Adolescents."

Medline Plus: "Teen Mental Health."

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. , Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on April 23, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

Food and Drug Administration: "The Lowdown on Depression."

Mental Health America: "Factsheet: Depression in Teens."

Medline Plus: "Adolescent Depression."

ParentsMedGuide.org: "The Use of Medication in Treating Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Information for Patients and Families."

SAMHSA: "Major Depression in Children and Adolescents."

Medline Plus: "Teen Mental Health."

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. , Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on April 23, 2018

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