Is My Child Depressed?
In today's society we have seen some horrifying results of teen depression - from suicide to school shootings. No one can take his or her child's happiness for granted. It is our job as parents to ensure our children are happy, feel worthwhile, and are working towards positive goals.
How do you know if your child is depressed? Here are a few signs you want to watch for -
Acts of aggression
Changes in eating habits
Changes in sleeping habits
Change to a new peer group
Drugs and/or alcohol use
Increasing use of the Internet
Lack of concentration
Loss of interest in things that previously made them happy
Problems at school
Sadness, frequent crying
Sense of hopelessness
Sensitivity to criticism
Withdrawal from family
Writing about death or suicide
Teenagers generally do not ask for help for their depression.
Parents and adults must be vigilant in observing young people's affect and behaviors for signs of depression.
Coaching is a proven way to reconnect with your child.
Contact Karen Wrolson of ExciteEd! for more information.