Helping Teens with Anxiety, Depression, and Other Mental Health Struggles
Its important to ensure that your teenager feels supported and not alone through mental health related difficulties.
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Don’t overreact to the situation.
Blowing small problems out of proportion will only make the situation worse. In order to help your teen through what may or may not be a mental health crisis, be patient and find your own middle ground. If you overreact, your teen will be less likely to come to you for help in any situation.
Gain insight from other adults in your child’s life.
While you know your child better than anyone else, it can always help to get the perspective of other adults that spend a lot of time with her. If you have a concern, ask her teachers, coaches, and any other adults she may be spending a good chunk of time with if they have noticed an abnormality in your daughter’s life.
Access professional mental health help.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents. Mental health is a delicate and serious topic that needs to be treated with empathy and often professional help. Seymour suggests looking into mental health treatment options that use evidence-based practices and those that are specific to helping adolescents.