3 Dangerous Things You Should Never Do When Dealing With A Depressed Teen
Depression is bad and teenagers can also be badly affected.
Depression, in some cases, seems to go away in the shortest amount of time, however, a depressed teen begins to feel hopelessness, loneliness, and some sort of down emotion that does not seem to go away, and then the person may need help.
Depression in teens is not an easy thing to deal with for both the teen and the person trying to help the teen get through it.
When helping a teen with depression, here are 3 things you need to avoid if you want the depressed teen to be safe.
The first is criticizing and punishing the person. Depression is always an excuse for bad behaviour, however, it is essential to separate the effects of depression from actual wrongdoing. Saying harsh things and conducting some punishments on the person could actually make the situation worse.
Secondly, judging any self-harm behaviours the person might show is very dangerous. When a person becomes deeply depressed, he or she may begin to inflict harm on themselves. Shouting at them won’t stop anything. It is rather better to search their room and remove anything that can be known to be used as an object to inflict self-harm.
Speak with depressed teen and let him or her share their feelings with you and then help them see a mental health professional for more help.
The third is taking things personally. This is when you push the child to try to tell you things they just don’t want to tell you. It is best to give them time and let them know that you are always around to talk.
Not every depressed person thinks about suicide or tries to go through with it. However, when noticing these signs such as the person writing stories or poems about dying, showing risk behaviour such as drug abuse, talks about dying, and becoming more withdrawn from others, then one would have to find help immediately.
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