Depression Among the Teens: Preventing Teenage Depression

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Depression is a mental state that gives rise to pessimist thoughts, a sense of inadequacy, hopelessness, loneliness, and a lack of activity. According to the widely held belief, about 20 percent of the teens will experience depression during their teenage. This belief is also backed by various clinical studies. If you are raising teens, teenage depression will come as a great problem.
Generally speaking, depression is an inherited disease. If the family has the history of depression, it is very likely that the teen will also get depression. Even if there is no history of depression in the family, depression might be unavoidable for many teens because of the environment, living conditions, and the people around them.

How to Prevent Teenage Depression


Depression among teens is very common. There are various reasons why a teen might fall into depression. Since prevention is better than cure, we will first talk about how to prevent teenage depression.

Encourage your teens to do things they love: You might not like your teen playing too much video game, however, if you try to stop their passion, you will be creating a chasm. This might force your child to become lonely and dejected. The feelings of loneliness and dejections are the first symptoms of depression. Instead of stopping your teen, you must let them to explore their passion. If you support their activities that bring them joy and pleasure, you will fill them with inspiration, motivation, and optimism. If you ever see your teen lonely and dejected, try to find out what they love to do and encourage them to get engaged with the activities that bring happiness.

Practice healthy lifestyle: A lot of teens take a cue from parents. If the parents smoke and drink, it is very likely that the teens will also smoke and drink. If the parents are angry and frustrated, the teens are also angry and frustrated. Likewise, if the parents are depressed, the teens will also be depressed. If you want your child to have a healthy lifestyle, you should first practice healthy lifestyle. In order to avoid the risk of depression in your teens, you have to model a healthy living.

Make sure the teens are getting good sleep: According to a research carried by National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the teens whose parents make a strict sleeping schedule (getting to the bed at 10) and enforce this sleeping rule are less likely to get depression. Your teen might claim that he is more creative at night but never buy this explanation. Make sure your teen is getting 8-9 hours of sleep at night.

Exercise is important: Exercise is important for all age groups and all kinds of people, even so for the teens. Exercise will tire the body, when the body is tired, the brain releases a hormone that triggers pleasure. That’s why exercise will always boost your teen’s mood.

Help your teens concentrate on good things happening around them: A lot of bad things happen, and a lot of good things also happen. Encourage your teens to think about good things happening around them and dismiss the bad things. If your teens concentrate on good things, they will be motivated to do good things. When your teens brood on good things, they will be optimist.

Teach how to manage stress and anxiety: Stress and anxiety are the primary causes of depression. If your teens experience stress and anxiety for a long time, depression might take over them. Never dismiss your teen’s problem. Give importance to each and every thing. Your teen might be stressed out because of the homework he has to do. She might be experiencing anxiety because of the football match she has. Even the family moving to a new neighborhood or enrolling your teen in a new school might cause stress and anxiety.  You can avoid teenage depression if you teach how to manage stress and anxiety.

How to Avoid Teenage Depression


Open of the best ways to avoid teenage depression is by communicating with your teen. Talking to your teen might be difficult if he does not talk much or he is avoids you. However, you as a parent should always push your limit and get the teen talk to you. However, never become aggressive in your endeavor.

Last but not the least; you should build self esteem in your teen. You should help your teen believe in his skills, knowledge and intelligence. You can do this by offering positive feedback and constructive criticism. .

In this article we talked how to prevent teenage depression. We will talk about the symptoms of depression and the causes of depression in other articles.

Author: Dear Daddy

Dear Daddy is a writer and publisher for Daddy Blog: Parenting Tips For Fathers. I'm a father of two girls and Educator for 20+ years. I love being a father, although it does have it's challenges. Let's help each other out!

59 thoughts on “Depression Among the Teens: Preventing Teenage Depression

  1. We take time to point out how the teen’s actions lead to consequences so that he/she can see when her efforts have an effect. We should allow them to make this change, but help them to pick good friends and let them know which problems are still better discussed with an adult.

  2. Teenage is the most mysterious and misunderstood phase of growing up. I as a mother of two teens can say that parenting teens comes with own set of problems. Giving proper and adequate attention to them, acknowledging them and keeping the communication channel open is a great way to bond with them and keep them away from depression. Nice informative article!!

  3. Never knew depression can be inherited just learned something new.Well I think parent should really focus on the teens in the family to know when they are depressed from the symptoms listed and try to help them out

  4. Telling your teen they should manage their stress and anxiety is one thing. Teaching them how to do it is another. Everybody reacts to stress and anxiety differently. What might be a good coping mechanism for on teen may not work with another teen. The only advice regarding this is to approach it on a case-by-case basis. Take your time and figure out what works for your teen. It will be worth it. They are too young to be burdened. These are some of their best years and they should enjoy them!

  5. Many of teenager get depression because of miscommunication from their sociality and behavior. Teen is a term of human that must learn more about miscellaneous things that can be useful for their life. It’s important to attract them to be respectful and sharing our experience of our past teenager as a parent.

    1. In my opinion it is not just those at home that can take hold of the situation but most importantly it is the peers that can play a major role They look up to them and if parents can pick those friends who have their head on their shoulders that would help

  6. These are insights that will surely help to understand and prevent teenage depression. These are
    steps we can take to help. Thank you for sharing advice for anyone who might currently dealing with depression.

  7. Good one !! Lack of bonding between the family members is also a reason. Instead of sharing the problems with parents /family members, teens try to deal the problems their own.The bonding should be strong so that they can share about the day,activities, friends etc..

  8. Depression is the thing which hurts teens from Inside and dents their confidence and that’s why It should be taken care of properly. Thanks for sharing very nice tips.

  9. Teenage depression is a very common problem these days. It is a tough phase for the parents as well. Such blogs are really helpful and can help to overcome the state of depression.

  10. Depression is so bad for adults and we can imagine, how much bad it is for teens. So we should try to control it in kids as soon as possible. You have provided very nice ways to control it.

  11. Depression is a big problem among teens nowadays because of social media. They’re not able to talk to real person when they have big problem that might cause them thinking of bad things. This article is a big help how to deal with them

  12. Depression is really a huge problem among teens. This article really helps those teens who are in this problem. This article also makes parents aware of their role.

  13. Dealing with teen depression is really in need at this time because it is one of the greatest problem teens nowadays are experiencing. thanks for the tips you shared.

  14. Nice article!. Teenage is the most mysterious and misunderstood phase of growing up. I as a mother of two teens can say that parenting teens comes with own set of problems. it is very helpful information about the children and to the parents

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