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How Parents Can Help Children Cope With Depression

Introduction

Are you a parent?  Do you have a child that is suffering from depression?  This can be a difficult time for both you and your child.  Continue reading this article to find out helpful ways to help your child cope with depression.  They include: listening to your child, seeking professional help, in addition to modeling positive self-talk.

Listen To Your Child

According to childmind.org, the first tip to help your child cope with depression is to listen to your child.  Validate your child.  Especially if your child is depressed, listen to your child.  Listen to what they have to say.  What your child has to say is important.  Make it important to you as well.  This will enable your child to open up to you about how they are feeling as well.

Seek Professional Help

In addition to listening to your child, according to childmind.org, the second tip to enable your child to cope with depression is to seek professional help for your child.  Your child may need therapy, individual or group therapy or both, in addition to medication.  It all depends on the child and what his or her specific needs are.  However, seeking professional help for your child will enable your child to cope with depression better and return to his or her normal level of functioning at a quicker pace.

Model Positive Self-Talk

In addition to listening to your child and seeking professional help, according to childmind.org, the third tip to help parents enable their children to cope better with depression is to model positive self-talk.  If you are talking to your husband at the dinner table, try to model positive self-talk.  If you are talking to your friend in the park with your child on your child’s play date, try to model positive self-talk.  Your child is imitating you.  They are noticing you, especially if they are depressed.  They are looking for your support.  They are looking for someone to talk to.  Be there for them and model it.

Conclusion

To end this article, three tips have been mentioned for parents to enable their children with depression to cope with depression better.  They include but are not limited to: listening to your child, seeking professional help from a licensed professional, in addition to modeling positive self-talk with family members in addition to friends.  These three tips will enable your child to cope with their depression better.

How Parents Can Help Children Cope With Depression

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2017). How Parents Can Help Children Cope With Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 27, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2017/09/how-parents-can-help-teenagers-cope-with-depression/

 

Last updated: 27 Sep 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 27 Sep 2017
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