If it is legitimate depression I would talk to your pediatrician.
If he is just upset over a girl or a bad sports performance I would get him active in something that would take his mind off of things. Volunteering, a different sport, a new hobby, etc.
Quoting sahlady:If it is legitimate depression I would talk to your pediatrician.If he is just upset over a girl or a bad sports performance I would get him active in something that would take his mind off of things. Volunteering, a different sport, a new hobby, etc.
I agree, I'd start with the pediatrician or family doctor and go from there.
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1. Don't push for answers from him.
2. Be observant at all times. Watch for things like self-mutilation (cutting), giving all of the signs of suicide, obsession with death etc.
3. Therapy, Therapy, therapy.
4.If necessary, meds or a vitamin supplement like vitamin b, St. Johns Wort, HTP-5 or even vitamin c.
5. Finally, get therapy and support for you and the ones living with him.
How is he depressed? How long has it been?
He can have an eval by his primary doc or a screening through your insurance behavioral health or nurse call center. The behavioral health hospitals all have intake/screeners who can give you an assessment of "how bad" his depression is or what the first steps to take are. Making sure your teen gets good sleep, proper nutrition & vitamins are essential first steps. Make sure you tell him often you love him & that he is important. trust your instincts! You know when something's wrong with your kid. He may just need to talk.
Good luck, hon!!!
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