There is a rise in teen depression and suicide. Around 2007 and 2015, “The number of girls between the ages of 15 and 19 who committed suicide tripled [when] the suicide rate[ for boys] rose by more than 30%,” Freedom Counseling reports. “Suicidal gestures have increased across all age groups,[ but] the largest increase has been among 15-to 17-year-olds.” Spending more time alone, reckless behavior, talking about not belonging or being a burden may occasionally be normal, but if spoken or written frequently, it is an alert to depression. Death obsession is a critical sign for anxiety.
Apparent shifts in eating and sleeping habits, Throwing out or giving away personal belongings significant to the youth, lack of interest in class, education as well as deteriorating grades, sudden mood fluctuations without apparent reason are some of the most typical indicators However, Staying close to the teen and having them involved in the planning, as this is an excellent way for the teen to stay engaged and not dwell on suicidal thoughts. Unlimited screen time allowed in one day can intensify the depression problem. Encourage creative ways in which the adolescent has a private speech platform that has tangible results.
If the adolescent ever falls further into depressive levels, contact a doctor to support you. Using drug therapy as a last resort since its long-term effects can be the start of another issue