Mayo Clinic Minute: 5 signs your teenager is battling depression
8 Subtle Signs Your Child Is Depressed
To parents, a teen's life may seem carefree. But in reality, teens struggle with many of the same problems that adults do, including depression. Teens with depression often exhibit many warning signs -- as a parent, you want to know what they are and what action to take.
"Attempt to be a non-judgmental, safe, good listener," suggested Scott Bea, PsyD, a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist specializing in anxiety and mood disorders and assistant professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. "Offer support and positive alternatives including seeking assistance from mental-health professionals. Attempt to normalize the behavior of seeking help by noting that all individuals struggle with the problems in living."
If depression runs in your family, talk with your teen about it. "This can help a teenager understand that they are not at fault for experiencing depression," said Dr. Bea.
Video: Signs and Symptoms of Adolescent Depression
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