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Empathic Parenting: Reaching Out to Your Depressed Teen

Empathic Parenting: Reaching Out to Your Depressed Teen

As parents, we want our kids to be the best that they can be. Depression can be a hurdle for them to achieve their potential but it’s not impossible to overcome it. With individual psychotherapy and a little bit of love and understanding, we help our teens manage and eventually get through depression. Below are some of the ways we can show that we are here to support them all the way.

  • Listen with an open heart
    If you know that your teen is going through depression, understand that a lending ear is a really big help for them to overcome it. Let them know that you are listening and not passing judgments.
  • Understand that it isn’t your fault
    Parents think that everything about their teen is their responsibility, so it is common for some parents to end up blaming themselves when their child gets depressed. Know that this isn’t the case. A lot of factors come at play with Teen Depression. What a depressed teen needs the most is to know that their parents are doing their best to help them overcome it.
  • Don’t give up on them
    There are moments when depressed teens shut you out or become avoidant. Let them know that you are there for them no matter what. If it becomes a little overwhelming, let them seek group therapy. This can help young adults get through depression.

Depression is a tough obstacle to face but with continuous love and understanding, it gets easier and easier to bear. Teen Depression Center offers holistic therapies, helping your kids know that they are not alone and that we are fighting with them.

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