Teen rehabilitation centers have been credited with not only treating but preventing teen depression from growing into mammoth proportions. As a parent, you should be sensitive to your child’s feeling and be earnest enough to find out what is bothering him or her. You should not hesitate to find out what is wrong with your child and try your level best to help him or her get rid of the depression.
Is depression genetic? There are some studies that say so but then even if it is in your DNA; it can be prevented. One tends to be stressed and depressed when one is having high amount of expectations and when such a thing does not happen, a person feels angry, sad, frustrated and stressed which in turns lead to depression. Stress is said to turn into depression when a person is not able to function normally and his mind is continuously disturbed by negative thoughts almost throughout the day.
Some of the symptoms that can be attributed to teen depression include academic problems, relationship problem, health problem, peer pressure, loss of a pet, trouble in the family, parental issues, death of a loved one-basically anything that can render it almost impossible for a person to act normally.
Here are some ways suggested by teen recovery programs, in common, to prevent depression
Be associated with positive, happy and non-judgmental people. Keep an open attitude towards life and think that no matter what happens, there is a way to solve it.
Dig into the support system of your family members, friends and teachers. Do not bottle in your thoughts, share them with people you trust and can give well-meaning advice; this can definitely make you feel light and happier.
Eat a good diet that comprises fruit, vegetable and nuts. It is shown that eating red meat and oily food can make a person feel stressful because they can increase the blood pressure in the body.
Get 8 hours of sleep so that the mind and the body feel fresh. It has been seen that if you are stressed, you tend to feel better if you take a nap for some time.
Exercise at least three times a week, it can work wonders.
Keep a schedule of events that you’d like to do in a day. This will not over-burden you and you will find a sense of rhythm and balance in your life.
Read positive books, watch good films to make you feel better. It is possible that loss of someone near and dear can obviously make you feel sad but you should learn to accept that life can be bitter-sweet and everyone has problems.
As a parent, friend or well-wisher if you feel that the teen is suffering from too much stress, tell him or her to take it easy. You can also take him or her to a good teen rehab facility where the counselors will be able to chat with him, and use cognitive therapy and anti-stress therapies to make the teen feel better and positive about life.