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How Parents Can Help Their Children With Depression: Part II

Introduction

In my first article, “How Parents Can Help Children With Depression,” I mentioned three ways that parents can help children with depression.  They included modeling positive self-talk, listening to your child, in addition to seeking professional help.  This article will expand upon this topic and offer three more approaches to parents to help children ease their levels of depression.  They include: offering a realistic approach, correcting negativity, in addition to keeping in touch with your child’s school.

Offering A Realistic Approach

According to childmind.org, the first tip to help your child overcome depression is to offer a realistic approach.  According to childmind.org, don’t offer overly positive self-talk.  Instead, offer a generally realistic approach to speaking to your child. For instance, if your child says no one will speak to me on the first day of school, you might tell your child, “Even though you believe no one will speak to you, why don’t you change this.  Why don’t you go up to someone and say hi.”

Correcting Negativity

In addition to offering a realistic approach to treatment, according to childmind.org, the second tip to helping your child overcoming negativity is to correct your own negativity.  Remember your child is imitating you.  When you are speaking, remember to watch how you are you speaking.  Always correct your negativity.

Keep In Touch With Your Child’s School

In addition to offering a realistic approach to treatment and correcting negativity, according to childmind.org, the third tip to help your child overcome depression is to keep in touch with your child’s school.  Touch base with your child’s teacher.  Schedule a meeting with them once in awhile.  Find out how your child is doing in the classroom.  Schedule an appointment with your child’s school counselor.  Find out how your child is doing.  This shows that your involved in the school process.

Conclusion

To end this article, three tips have been mentioned for parents to improve the levels of depression in children.  They include but are not limited to: offering a realistic approach to treatment, correcting your own negativity, in addition to touching base with your child’s teacher in a meeting and your child’s school counselor also in a meeting as well.  It is also important to realize that your child is only human.  They are trying as hard as they can.  Support them.  Encourage them.  They will recognize this and appreciate this and want to succeed.

How Parents Can Help Their Children With Depression: Part II

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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Walters, L. (2017). How Parents Can Help Their Children With Depression: Part II. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 10, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2017/09/how-parents-can-help-their-children-with-depression-part-ii/

 

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