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A (Genetic) Line Between Happiness and Depression: Tips for Parents of a Depressed Teen

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A (Genetic) Line Between Happiness and Depression: Tips for Parents of a Depressed Teen

There are few things harder for a parent than to watch their child struggle. These struggles can come in many forms – even in the best case scenario, for instance, puberty is rarely pleasant. Compounded with mental illness such as depression, puberty can become extremely difficult. There is good news, however: medical progress has advanced by leaps in recent years and mental health research is no exception. And with this research comes the newly discovered fact that, for many people, the same genes that make them prone to depression are responsible for giving them a positive attitude – depending on whether their environment is positive or negative . For a depressed teen, this breakthrough could prove extremely significant. depression in teens

Approximately 20% of teens experience at least one major depressive episode before reaching adulthood.. While a genetic predisposition to depression can play a role in your child’s mental health, their environment can affect their state.

By ensuring your child is surrounded by a healthy, supportive world, you can help your depressed teen “unlock” their genes’ positive potential.

Ways to Help a Depressed Teen

As a parent, it is vital to watch for the signs of mental illness in your child – the earlier a problem is caught, the less damage it has a chance to do. Acting quickly to help your depressed teen can prove the difference between your child struggling and succeeding. A depressed teen may withdraw from most – but not all – people, be irritable, or have mysterious aches and pains. Some depressed teens experiment with substances, exhibit reckless behaviors, and have trouble at school. Rapid, unexplained changes in behavior or patterns (such as eating, sleeping, exercise, or grades) may point to the existence of a deeper problem.

Keeping the environment positive begins with opening lines of communication with your teen. If you suspect your teen is prone to depression, making sure that they are doing well is an important step in their health. While it may be difficult to make time for open, non-judgmental conversation after a long day, doing so can offer your child an opportunity to discuss what troubles them. Helping your child maintain a healthy routine can help your child minimize the risk factors of depression.

ViewPoint Center Can Help

If your teen is struggling with depression or some other mental health struggle, consider ViewPoint Center as an option for your teen to get the treatment they need. ViewPoint Center is a teen assessment center for young people ages 12-17. ViewPoint offers a comprehensive diagnostic assessment followed by treatment.

For more information about ViewPoint Center, please call 801-825-5222 today!

 

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