You don’t have to be an adult in order to battle things like depression and anxiety. Everyone can have moments of despair, for many reasons. Kids that are dealing with peer pressure in school may suffer from bouts of both anxiety and depression.
Just like with adults, teens can also succumb to self-medicating to deal with their anxiety and depression. That can lead to addiction. An addiction that corresponds with a mental illness is often referred to as a dual diagnosis. You want to do what you can in order to help your child fight their demons, and these are just a few of the things that might help.
Help Them Build Confidence
You can help your children, no matter what age they are, with dealing with the trials of depression and anxiety by helping them be confident in themselves. Confidence is a great way to help people with anxiety release those anxieties. Plus, people with good self-esteem are far less often sucked into depression.
Help them develop good friendships as well. Having friends that build them up, instead of dragging them down, can be great.
Get Them Involved
Involve your children in day-to-day life. Let them feel like they are an integral part of the family plan since they are. Often children that feel like they are out of place in their home environment will turn to negative habits, become depressed, and suffer anxiety issues.
Ways to involve your children include having them help in the kitchen, giving them special responsibilities (find things for them that they enjoy doing, as opposed to simply assigning chores), and let them have some say in home decor, new vehicles, and other such household decisions.
Be A Listening Ear
It also helps to be there for your children. If you are there to listen when they need someone to talk to it can really help them avoid all kinds of childhood issues. You don’t want to be their friend, you need to be a parent, but that doesn’t mean you have to always be grounding them for making a mistake here and there.
Get Them Help
If your child is showing signs of depression or anxiety you definitely want to get them help. Start with taking them to the family doctor and discussing with them the changes you’ve experienced. If they feel your child is depressed or anxious they can prescribe medications to help and even refer them to a therapist, which can make a big difference.
Don’t shrug off depression when it comes to your children. Depressive thoughts can often lead to attempted suicide when a child feels like no one is there for them and no one understands.