There is far more awareness of mental health concerns in recent years, which can make things easier when it comes to spotting the signs and getting help when is needed. The one area that can still be very distressing is noticing potential issues in your teen. Often, they may not be as open as we’d like, so as a parent it is important to look out for any changes and try to decipher what might be going on. It could be exam pressure, struggling at school with friendships or peers, or generally going through changes that their mind and hormones simply aren’t sure how to control.
Below are just a few of the signs you may begin to see when your child is struggling:
Change in Mood
When it comes to their mood, this might be the obvious sign that something has changed. Their mood may vary anyway, thanks to raging hormones and not really knowing how to handle it. But, at the same time their mood may be more subdued, more apparent that they are feeling down and out, or struggling with something. If you notice a change in their mood, try to start a conversation about it.
Change in Behavior
Much like their mood, you may start to notice drastic changes in their behavior and how they act. This can be also identified through their attitude. Maybe they talk back more often, or react strongly to something that may have not needed such a severe response. It could be that you notice they stop doing certain things they once enjoyed, instead spending a lot of time on their own or up in their room. What’s the difference between normal teen behavior and an abnormal response?
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Change in LIfestyle
It might be time to look at their lifestyle and see what changes are being made, if any. You may start to see them eating more, or not eating at all. Perhaps spending time with different friends and trying substances such as drugs or alcohol without knowing the proper facts. Maybe it is no longer exercising as they’ve done in the past. It could be time to seek help from professionals who specialize in teen depression treatment to ensure you take the right steps to find the best possible treatment.
Change in How They Communicate
Finally, do they say things differently, are they reacting to things in a more extreme way or not at all? Perhaps they are not saying much at all, and this is where you have spotted the changes. Sometimes this can be the least obvious way to realise that something is up, but again could be something to look out for if you do have concerns.
It’s essential to keep in mind that these suggestions are only starting points to open up a discussion and begin to address issues your teen may be struggling with. Always seek advice from a counselor or mental health professional if the issues worsen or aren’t resolving on their own.