How to help your depressed teenager

Learning how to help someone fight depression can be a daunting task, and even more so when the person trying to overcome the condition is your teenager. Nowadays, depression in teenagers is a common occurrence, especially those who don’t “blend in” with others well.

Teen depression is typically caused by a feeling of inadequacy or a feeling of not fitting in with fellow peers. These include being unpopular or outright bullied, family’s perceived low status in society, getting poor grades, and in the case of teenage boys, being non-athletic and weak, or in the case of teenage girls, not having the “right” body type as portrayed by movies and beauty ads. Sexual preferences can also play a significant part in teen depression.

Common signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for include loss of interest in activities, constant feelings of gloom and helplessness, keeping to oneself and eating/sleeping too much or too little. Some teenagers might also turn to drugs or alcohol to overcome their feelings of being constantly depressed, as these are a form of outlet for their frustration or feelings of loneliness. Continue reading


Understanding and learning to help a depressed individual

Do you find yourself wondering how to help someone with depression? Someone very close to your heart – your partner, friend, child, relative or lover is suffering. It is definitely a tricky situation but the care and support you provide can save a person’s life.

First, understand the various symptoms of depression. You might have noticed a huge change in the behavior of your loved one after a certain incident. Depression is a mental state wherein the person feels gloomy and inferior.

Here are some of the major signs you can look out when you are finding out how to help someone with depression:

  • Disinterest in day-to-day activities of workplace and home
  • Sleeping disorder – sleeplessness or excessive sleep
  • Erratic behavior with emotional outbursts
  • Lack of self confidence and decision-making abilities
  • Hating oneself and feeling gloomy Continue reading