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One in five teens has experienced depression at some point, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). An episode of depression during adolescence can last up to nine months but, in severe cases, may last for years at a time.
It is important to seek treatment if your negative thoughts and low mood are affecting your relationships and/or your ability to concentrate, and especially if you are thinking about suicide.
Some effective strategies for coping with adolescent depression are listed below, including tips for teens and suggestions for parents.
You can help your teen cope with depression by showing interest in his or her life and communicating your desire to understand his or her feelings. Understanding why your teen feels hopeless can be difficult and may never happen. But listening to him or her without judging, and putting yourself in his or her position (perhaps by remembering the roller coaster of emotions you may have experienced as a teenager), can help both you and your teen get through this difficult time.
Sources: Mayo Clinic, NAMI
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