Helping Your Child Cope With Depression

Nobody knows your child as well as you do.

But at the same time, none of us are mind readers.

If you have a feeling your child may be depressed, here’s what to do!

Monitor Their Moods

All kids have bad days at school or get into disagreements with friends.

It’s completely normal.

But a significant change in your child’s mood could be a sign something else is going on.

A few behavioural changes to look out for include…

1) Lack of appetite.

2) Poor sleeping habits.

3) Increased irritability.

Be There

Life can be a confusing place for kids.

It’s easy for them to feel like no one understands what they’re going through.

Depression is nothing to be ashamed of.

There are many successful therapy techniques out there, such as CBT and DBT.

The only thing is, your child may not know that.

Remind them, that they are not alone, things will get better, and you are on their side!

Encourage Conversation

Even if nothing gets solved that day, sitting down and talking is a great first step.

Remind your child that their feelings are nothing to be ashamed of, and there is no reason to hide them.

You are on their side and there to help!

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