7 Ways You Can Help Your Teenager Fight Depression

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When it comes to depression, this is definitely something that you want to take seriously. Depression is a clinical mental disease that so many people around the world deal with on a daily basis. Many people think that depression is just a “state of mind” that you can easily shake yourself out of, but that’s not the case. Study after study have shown that you can’t just get over depression. It requires plenty of support from family members, friends, and medical professionals before someone to get out of the dumps of depression.

That’s why it’s crucial that you take the time to learn how you can help your teenager deal with and fight off depression. Without your help and understanding, there is no way that he or she is going to be able to get over this disease. The teenage years are a time where so many young people start fighting with depressive thoughts and feelings, so be sure to be with them in their time of need. Keep reading down below for our top seven ways that you can help your teenager fight off depression.

1. Recognize That Depression Is a Real Disease

There are so many reasons why you should make up your mind that depression is a disease and not a state of mind. This is the real first step that you’ve got to make if you want to help out your child. When you make the decision for yourself that depression is actually a clinical disease, you are going to stop blaming yourself and/or your child for this disease. You will learn that this is no one’s fault and is just the gamble of life that you’ve been given.

Secondly, you are going to be able to truly help out your child, rather than thinking that this is something that they can just grow out of. You will find yourself saying “Let me help you with this disease” rather than saying “You’ll grow out of this phase soon”. The first of those options when talking to your child is going to make them feel loved and that they have someone who they can turn to in this difficult period of time.

2. Don’t Freak Out, No Matter What You Do

When it comes to your reaction when your teen id diagnosed with depression, you want to make sure that you don’t freak out. This is the worst reaction you can have when your child says that he or she is depressed. Freaking out is only going to make things worse for your teenager and won’t help your sanity a whole lot either.

In the majority of cases of clinical depression, the patient will have a full recovery. Medical advances in mental conditions have come a long way in recent year and when you combine that with a supportive system of family and friends, you can be sure that your teenager is going to get through this. Note that we mention that they need a supportive system of friends and family members. Medicine alone isn’t going to cure your teenager of their depression. You need to be there for them all of the time to help them through this difficult time.

3. Be Sure to Do Your Homework

The more you know about depression, the more supportive you can be with your teenager. He or she is wanting someone to talk to when they don’t know who else to turn to. You are going to be able to help so much more when you know the basic symptoms, treatment options, and other case studies. Take some time when your child comes to you with depressive thoughts and go online to search through some articles. Or you can contact a medical professional or someone else in your connections who knows about depression to learn some more. Knowledge is power and that’s definitely the case when it comes to helping your teenager out with their depression.

Along with the knowledge about how to cure depression, be well equipped with the reasons your kid has fallen into the dark pit, and make him or her stay away from them in order to bring them back without any harm. For instance, you should discourage the use of social media at home, which could be a reason for depression.

4. Tell Your Child It’s Completely Fine to Be Depressed

You should know better than anyone that kids will hide things from their parents that they think are going to anger or upset them. Your kid doesn’t want to let you know of something that’s going on with them that they think is wrong or not OK. Make sure that you make it clear with your teenager that being depressed is completely OK. This is a mental condition that that is real and valid. It deserves to be brought out into the open and not kept in your teenager’s mind. When you open up this communication, it’s going to make treating the disease a lot easier.

5. Keep Up the Communication and Talk to Your Kid Frequently

Sometimes teenagers who are depressed just don’t want to talk to you. When this happens, you need to keep up the communication. No matter how much they seem like they don’t want to talk, your teenager does want to talk to someone – desperately, sometimes. That’s why it’s important that you keep up the communication on your end and keep talking to your child, no matter what. Keep asking them questions about their day, what happened to them at school, and how they are feeling. You can easily do this over family dinners or other get-togethers.

6. Be Your Boy’s or Girl’s Advocate

You should be taking charge in your child’s medical treatment for depression. You should be the one who is talking with the doctor, making sure that the right medication is prescribed, and asking all of the questions. A lot of the times, your teenager isn’t going to be able to handle this on their own. They often need a parental force to make sure all of this happens correctly. You can be that advocate for them.

7. Don’t Be Afraid of the “S” Word

The “S” word – suicide – is something that many parents just don’t want to bring up. They would rather not talk about this depressive topic and let things slide by. However, if your teenager is really having suicidal topics, then that’s something that needs to be dealt with. Suicide often comes into the minds of those with depression, so it’s better off getting it into the open where you can help deal with it.

Each of these points are super important for you as a parent to understand when helping your teenager with their depressive thoughts. This can be a rough time for everyone involved, so be sure to be a strong support system for your child.


A traveller by day and reader by night' is how I would sum up my life. My wanderlust led me to quit my cushy job at 28 and finally embark on a journey around the world. Since then, I have lived in many countries and soaked in as many books as possible during my travel journeys. Among them, the "Book of Mirdad" is still my personal favourite and holds a special place in my heart. My progression towards writing was inevitable and happened quite naturally. I have been writing for a few years now an...

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