A healthy relationship between the child and parents is the most essential during the teenage years.
Communication is the key to developing a rapport, which results in the child feeling comfortable talking to their parents.
Changes in sleep patterns, eating habits, declined interest in normal and healthy activities, dropping grades in school and college, and preferred isolation are all early signs of depression.
Increased demands to perform, competing with friends etc may also lead to unwanted stress.
Being vigilant towards these signs at an early stage may help to block/stop further damage and guide them towards healthy ways of dealing with their concerns.
It is crucial that teens feel validated in their feelings and thoughts because what they are going through is a real part of their lives.
Following are some of the important steps to build a healthy relationship with the teens and handle the concerns effectively.
None of the steps/solutions work in isolation and a combination of some or all will be most effective.
With the changing times seeking professional help has became a common practice and more accessible.
It is important to empower the teen with the information about seeking help even in the absence of the parent.