Recognizing and Treating Depression in Teens
What is helpful when it comes to depression: pointing out reassuring facts or realities. What is not helpful: telling teens that their feelings are odd or irrational. Teens need us to acknowledge all of their feelings, including anger or sadness. They also need to hear that while they may feel terrible today, they may feel better in the future by getting professional support. Symptoms, such as fatigue, lack of appetite, and despair, are treatable, and hearing that provides hope. Let teens know that depression is a real illness that requires treatment.