Teen age in cruder terms is a very strange time for teens and parents alike. As the teens are going through, tumultuous transitions and tribulation of their own, the parents face predicaments of their own.
While the teen undergoes physical, hormonal, emotional, sexual, social, intellectual developments, the parents struggle to understand the pressures and problems their children encounter on a daily basis. This in turn can easily transform into an overwhelming situation for the pubescent minds. The dearth of awareness on the issue of mental health further escalates trials faced by teenagers.
Most parents are not comfortable with the idea of discussing taboos with their children, which has created a gigantic communication barrier in families. The lack of moral support, feelings of loneliness and despair form a very perilous meld. This coupled with the increasing lack of mental support has given rise to a variety of mental health disorders and a drastic incline in suicides.
Communication: Your children must be able to talk openly about the issues they are facing. To effectively promote a constant, honest and open discussion, parents have to be committed about broaching topics of concern without shying away from taboos. Treating your child, like you helping out a friend goes a long way in building a comfortable environment.
Honesty: To promote honesty, parents need to talk about their own struggles, experiences and fears when they themselves were adolescents. Letting your children know that they are not alone and you love them is important.
Understanding Mental Health Disorders: To effectively help their children, parents need to have some basic information regarding the prevent mental health disorders among teenagers. Conversing with your child’s doctor, teachers, religious leader, and friends is also imperative to gaining an insight into your child’s life.
Observing: Teen Age is, indeed, a time of transformation and change, but parents should always been on the lookout for severe or abrupt changes in routine. These behavioral changes are often strong indicators of mental health issues plaguing a child.
While depression is one of the key items discussed for mental health awareness, it still not taken seriously by many. Depression is very much real and not just being sad. Symptoms include
Note: Symptoms must last at least two weeks for a proper diagnosis of depression.
It is important to avoid being angry if the child is not comfortable talking about their issues and not force the child in any way. In conclusion, always communicate with children to inculcate your feelings. It is time we stop shying away from feelings and embrace it for the sake of our children.
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