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Even though it can feel like the black cloud of depression will never lift, there are plenty of things you can do to help yourself deal with symptoms, regain your balance and feel more positive, energetic, and hopeful again. As a parent, your love, guidance, and support can go a long way toward helping your teen overcome depression and get their life back on track.
For some teens, depression is characterized by feelings of bleakness and despair. Whatever your situation, it takes real courage to face death and step back from the brink. You can use that courage to help you keep going and overcome depression. Many people who have survived a suicide attempt say that they did it because they mistakenly felt there was no other solution to a problem they were experiencing. Remember that no matter how badly you feel, these emotions will pass.
Having thoughts of hurting yourself or others does not make you a bad person. Depression can make you think and feel things that are out of character. No one should judge you or condemn you for these feelings if you are brave enough to talk about them. If your feelings are uncontrollable, tell yourself to wait 24 hours before you take any action. This can give you time to really think things through and give yourself some distance from the strong emotions that are plaguing you.
During this hour period, try to talk to someone—anyone—as long as they are not another suicidal or depressed person. Call a hotline or talk to a friend. What do you have to lose? Please read Are You Feeling Suicidal? Despite what you may have been told, depression is not simply caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that can be cured with medication.
Rather, depression is caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors. These can range from hormonal changes to problems at home or school or questions about who you are and where you fit in. It can make you feel helpless, hopeless, and ashamed: the perfect recipe for depression.
No matter what a bully says or does, you should not be ashamed of who you are or what you feel. Whatever the causes of your depression, the following tips can help you overcome your symptoms, change how you feel, and regain your sense of hope and enthusiasm.
However, you do have some control over feeling better. The first step is to ask for help. The truth is, parents hate to see their kids hurting. Accepting your feelings and opening up about them with someone you trust will help you feel less alone. Even though it may not feel like it at the moment, people do love and care about you. If you can muster the courage to talk about your depression, it can—and will—be resolved.
Some people think that talking about sad feelings will make them worse, but the opposite is almost always true. It is very helpful to share your worries with someone who will listen and care about what you say. Depression causes many of us to withdraw into our shells. You may not feel like seeing anybody or doing anything and some days just getting out of bed in the morning can be difficult. But isolating yourself only makes depression worse.
Spend time face-to-face with friends who make you feel good —especially those who are active, upbeat, and understanding. Avoid hanging out with those who abuse drugs or alcohol, get you into trouble, or make you feel judged or insecure. Get involved in activities you enjoy or used to. You might not feel motivated at first, but as you start to participate again, your mood and enthusiasm will begin to lift. Doing things for others is a powerful antidepressant and happiness booster.
Cut back on your social media use. While it may seem that losing yourself online will temporarily ease depression symptoms, it can actually make you feel even worse. Comparing yourself unfavorably with your peers on social mediafor example, only promotes feelings of depression and isolation. Remember: people always exaggerate the positive aspects of their lives online, brushing over the doubts and disappointments that we all experience.
Making healthy lifestyle choices can do wonders for your mood. Things like eating right, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep have been shown to make a huge difference when it comes to depression. Get moving! You actually get a rush of endorphins from exercising, which makes you feel instantly happier. Physical activity can be as effective as medications or therapy for depression, so get involved in sports, ride your bike, or take a dance class.
Any activity helps! Be smart about what you eat. An unhealthy diet can make you feel sluggish and tired, which worsens depression symptoms.
Junk foodrefined carbs, and sugary snacks are the worst culprits! Talk to your parents, doctor, or school nurse about how to ensure your diet is adequately nutritious. Avoid alcohol and drugs. However, as well as causing depression in the first place, substance use will only make depression worse in the long run. Alcohol and drug use can also increase suicidal feelings. Aim for eight hours of sleep each night. Feeling depressed as a teenager typically disrupts your sleep.
But you can get on a better sleep schedule by adopting healthy sleep habits. For many teens, stress and anxiety can go hand-in-hand with depression. Unrelenting stress, doubts, or fears can sap your emotional energy, affect your physical health, send your anxiety levels soaring, and trigger or exacerbate depression. Perhaps you endure intense anxiety attacks that strike without warning, get panicky at the thought of speaking in class, experience uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts, or live in a constant state of worry. Managing the stress in your life starts with identifying the sources of that stress:.
Look for common warning s of teen depression:. Teens typically rely on their friends more than their parents or other adults, so you may find yourself in the position of being the first—or only—person that your depressed friend confides in. While this might seem like a huge responsibility, there are many things you can do to help :. Get your friend to talk to you. I really want to help you. Is there anything I can do? Your friend just needs someone to listen and be supportive. By listening and responding in a non-judgmental and reassuring manner, you are helping in a major way. Encourage your friend to get help.
Urge your depressed friend to talk to a parent, teacher, or counselor. It might be scary for your friend to admit to an authority figure that they have a problem. Having you there might help, so offer to go along for support. Stick with your friend through the hard times.
Depression can make people do and say things that are hurtful or strange.
But your friend is going through a very difficult time, so try not to take it personally. Once your friend gets help, they will go back to being the person you know and love. In the meantime, make sure you have other friends or family taking care of you. Your feelings are important and need to be respected, too.Feel like a teenage in a
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