Tips for Treating Depression in Teens and What to Do

Depression is a major concern among parents in the United States. Depression affects millions of Americans every year (both young and old), yet many suffering from one of the most common mental health disorders fail to get the treatment they need and deserve. In teens and adolescents, this is a particularly difficult issue because you, as the parent, must make these calls on behalf of your child.

Opting for a treatment center, medication, or any other option when dealing with teen depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health issues that are related to depression is important for a parent looking to provide the level of care their adolescent child needs. But choosing the right treatment plan for your teen can be challenging on your own. Take note of these tips for treating depression, and you won’t have to fight it by yourself. Be there for your child with a helping hand and the treatment they need to get better.

Always speak with a therapist as your first port of call.


A therapist is the first line of defense when approaching a mental health concern. The symptoms of depression range in magnitude and type across a wide spectrum, and mental health professionals are the best resource when seeking treatment options for your child’s teen depression. Therapists can recommend a course of medication to balance out emotions and hormones or a teenage depression treatment center for more direct therapy solutions. These options should be discussed with your doctor and can be incredibly effective when utilized in the right way.

The truth is that children and adolescents today are exposed to far more of the world than their parents were at the same age. With the ubiquitous nature of social media and the digital flow of the news media, gossip, and even bullying, adolescents must deal with a tap of information that never turns off.

Speaking with a therapist should be your first stop for depression in adolescent children because they are fully equipped to deal with the barrage of daily life that your child is going through. Parents of teens, and even young adults, simply can’t relate to some of the problems that can cause youth mood disorders, lingering sadness, and major depression or hopelessness. Lean on a therapist for support first before seeking additional solutions.

Try working through changes at home for daily improvements.


Changes to the home life that your teen experiences can supplement the treatment program prescribed by a psychiatrist or therapist admirably. Changing schedules, taking in new hobbies or activities, and even adding a few pieces of clothing to your teen’s wardrobe—like new jeans, tops, and women panties—can change the way in which your loved one interacts with the world around them. This might be that slight adjustment that can spark change in your child (in addition to medication, treatment center stays, or sessions with a therapist to speak about ongoing mental health issues faced, of course).

As an additional measure, new hobbies, clothing, or additional opportunities to speak about feelings in the home can be powerful motivators for a return to happiness. Many people feel that depression acts like a prolonged slump.

Slogging through the tough times can seem like a never ending cycle of dullness, but there is light at the end of that long path back to happiness and normality. For teens, this can be hard to comprehend—and even adults struggle to find the positive in life while battling depression. But with love, care, and medical support, treatment options can prove incredibly effective in getting your teen back to feeling like themselves again.

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Cecelia Greene is the Founder, Director and Editor at Big Green Gathering. She is a Portland-based wellness expert, award-winning writer, designer, and influencer. She was trained as an artist while studying in Prague through a cohort program with UCLA. She then moved to Tulum, Mexico where she still spends half of her time as a yoga and meditation instructor. She has over a decade of experience working in all areas of wellness, fitness, environmental causes, and design.

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