How to support your depressed teen and make them feel wanted
As discussed in earlier posts of the series, parental support is of utmost importance. Parents can never go wrong in loving their child. The way of thinking may be different and the opinions may differ for the same topic but the bond between the two only grows stronger. Once your teenager is made comfortable socially, it is crucial to support your depressed teen and make them feel wanted at home too. Create that homely feeling around your child.
Support your child at every stage
Living with a depressed teen maybe exhaustive at times but remember that you are the only hope for your child. They are going through so much but are not able to understand themselves as to how to come out of it. The only satisfaction to them is that their parents are with them. Your love and their belongingness will help them to be calm and look for positive solutions.
Patience breaks the biggest barriers
It is tiresome to see your child in the depressed state and always talking about sad things. At times, all your trials to make them delighted goes waste. But please don’t lose patience. This is the time God is trying your patience. Remember, the hardest of things when achieved give you the ultimate satisfaction and for life long? This time the reward will be your own child in a happy state. The child tries to irritate you and see for how long can you bear them? They will be happy to give in.
Understanding your teen’s pain
As a parent, you are the only one to understand what your child is going through because you are the closest. You are watching them closely so try to determine their behaviour. Catch the things they hate the most and what may be their thinking. This may help you to ascertain their next move. Try to show them the brighter side of life and situations. If possible, narrate them instances from your own life or your known’s. We tend to relate ourselves to other people’s story and feel better.
Be present during the treatments
If the depression state of your teen is critical and professional help is needed, go for it. Don’t waste a single minute thinking that it can be avoided. You have crossed that time. It is better to accept the realities and mend ways to be happy instead of repenting later. Always accompany your child during the treatments. Nothing can work better than your presence and your teen feeling wanted. Medicines also work if the patient is willing to recover. Give your child the feeling of belongingness and sense of pride in life.
Nothing can be worst than being alone in this world.
Keep reading the series to know about more ways to cure the depression in your teen.
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