Finding Your Power

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Finding Your Power

Life as a busy parent can feel overwhelming. Between running kids to school and soothing colds throughout the night, it can be hard to focus on yourself and find your inner power to move forward. A few years ago, I started feeling beaten-down and depressed. To work out my problems, I decided to try counseling. I was absolutely amazed with the difference it made in my life. After I had the opportunity to talk with someone, I learned ways to cope with my daily routine. The goal of my website is to help other people to understand that there is a great life out there, and that counseling can help you to find your way.


5 Signs Your Teenage Child Needs Depression Treatment

If you notice changes in your teenager's mood, behavior, or physical well-being, it may be time to seek professional help. Teenage years are a stage in self-discovery, making a teen vulnerable to different triggers of depression. For example, bad grades, feeling unattractive, or bullying. While depression is not always easy to detect, every parent should be aware of warning signs. Fortunately, early intervention can often prevent more serious problems down the road. So, how can you tell if your teen needs depression treatment?

Social Withdrawal

Teenagers who are depressed often isolate themselves from friends and family members. The teen will lack joy and engagement in things they used to enjoy. They will spend more time alone, avoiding social gatherings and events. An outgoing teen who suddenly becomes more withdrawn is likely to be suffering from depression. 

Behavior Change 

Teenagers who are depressed may exhibit changes to their behavior, including aggression and acting out. Some teens may take part in risky activities or become more rebellious or aggressive towards their parents and teachers. They may also show signs of inappropriate sexual behavior or violence towards others. 

Sad and Hopeless Disposition 

Some teenagers with depression may seem sad for no reason at all, while others may feel hopeless about the future. They may also exhibit low self-esteem and lack of confidence, especially in academic or extracurricular activities. 

This negative outlook becomes self-fulfilling since a reluctance to engage more in these activities leads to poor performance. For example, a teen who feels academically inadequate may feel no need to study for exams, leading to failed exams and further hopelessness. Depression treatment can help treat these negative thoughts. 

Lack of Concentration and Dropping Grades      

A teen with depression will often have trouble focusing on their schoolwork and may even begin to display symptoms of learning disabilities. They will have difficulty completing tasks that they once found easy, such as writing reports or completing math problems. Therefore, it is important to investigate a sudden drop in academic performance.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse 

Alcohol and substance abuse is often an escape for underlying mental health issues, so if a teen has this problem, it could be a way of dealing with depression. If your teen is abusing alcohol or drugs, you must seek professional help.     

If your teenage child shows any of these signs, it is better to take action and be on the safe side. Contact a mental health professional ASAP for more information about depression treatment options.