Teens have a lot of pressure on them to do well, and in multiple areas too. They are taught to get good grades and also to participate in extracurricular activities. Due to these pressures and other factors, teens sometimes experience depression. In fact, the number of adolescents who experience a depressive episode is estimated to be 2.8 million each year, according to the National Institute on Mental Health. Parents play an important role in helping their teenage child avoid struggling from depression and anxiety. Here are five tips for parents to help ward off teen depression and anxiety.
- Ask your teen how they feel and what’s making them feel that way.
- Encourage your teen to participate in activities which bring them joy and allow them to end other activities which might be causing them stress.
- Be open to modifying your expectations of your teen during stressful times.
- Allow your teen to pursue their own dreams and not yours.
- Assess situations and ask questions before resorting to punishment.
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