Treating Teen Depression Might Improve Mental Health Of Parents, Too

Everyone knows how teenagers can be: grumpy, stubborn, and always moody. Teenagers like to think they know everything and have everything under control. They don’t. Did you know that an estimated 12.8 percent of adolescents in the U.S. experience at least one episode of major depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health?  While teenagers might be giving you a hard time, they might also be going through a hard time in their life.

Depression affects not just the person who is experiencing it, but also those who surround that person, the same goes for the treatment. Former studies have shown that when a parent, say a mother, is treated for depression, that mother’s children start feeling better, as well. Makes sense, right? When a mom feels good, she’s going to set a good example and a good mood for her children. Well, recent studies have shown that the opposite is true, too. When teenagers are treated for depression, their parents feel better. Depression can be very complicated and affect whole families, so it’s important that it’s treated and monitored well.

Sometimes, families need…well, family time. Sometimes, families, whether it be just you and your dog or you and your whole family, just need to spend time relaxing and having fun. Take time to unplug from life and sit and watch a movie or go for a walk and just clear your mind. Don’t think about work or whatever it may be that is stressing you out. Think about you and how you feel right now. Making yourself happy can affect those around you, so be as happy as you can.

Shine Bright!!

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