How To Talk To Your Teen About Depression

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Nearly one in five teens experiences depression, but parents can find it difficult to broach the subject. Here are The Onion’s tips for talking to your teen about depression:

  • Begin your conversation with something as simple as an observation, such as “I’ve noticed you have everything a person needs to be happy.”
  • Your teen will appreciate your honesty and transparency. Let them know you really can’t handle another stress like this on top of everything else.
  • Whatever you do, don’t start the conversation by totally freaking out over the bag of Lexapro you found in their sock drawer.
  • Seek common ground. Your teen might be surprised to learn that even lame old Dad finds life inherently meaningless!
  • Try not to scare them away from opening up by reacting with overblown emotional responses, like telling them you love them.
  • Let them know that you can relate to what they’re going through by talking about how sad you were when the Heat lost to the Mavericks in the finals.
  • From exercise to talk therapy, make sure your child is aware of the full range of options to ignore in favor of medication.
  • Be proactive. Take your child to a mental health professional the moment their actions start affecting the way other parents look at you.
   

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http://www.theonion.com/article/how-talk-your-teen-about-depression-52741

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