The fastest way to help your teen beat depression...and stay sane yourself

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Introduction from the Book


You’ve probably downloaded this eBook because you have a teen you’re concerned about whom you think may be suffering from depression.

They may have admitted to having suicidal thoughts. Or perhaps you’ve witness them having some symptoms of being shut down with regards to their sense of self. Maybe they’ve already attempted suicide. Whatever the situation, this guide will help you start to uncover what may be happening to cause these depressive symptoms.

You’ll also learn tangible actions you can take immediately to assist your teen in dealing with difficult life situations and emotions, so you can get them to start to take actions that positively impact their life now and for the future.

More specifically, you’ll learn:

1)  All the variables and facets of why teens are a highly susceptible group for depression. You can then start to piece together what is really going on with your teen so you can help them overcome they challenges they’re dealing with.

2)  Simple tactics for improving your communication with your teen that will strengthen your relationship and will guide them towards discovering and taking positive actions.

If reading the last few paragraphs had you expend a small sigh of relief, you’re in the right place. It’s shocking the lack of resources available for parents with depressed teens. And the ones that are available are clinical and marginally helpful.

That reality is far worse when you consider this stat:

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people between the age of 15 and 24 years of age.

This is what happens in many cases when teens don’t get the help they need.

And it can happen very suddenly. Teens can be rash, when it comes to dealing with their emotions. They are a highly reactive bunch. Their feelings often direct their actions because they have not yet learned how to deal with emotions they didn’t experience much of when they were kids. The route from depression to suicide can be a short one for teenagers.

And, a teen who successfully commits suicide is not a loss just to themselves and the people who love them, but to the world. The potential of every human being is vast. Who is the next Martin Luther King Jr or Mother Teresa or [insert your hero here]? It could be your teen.

If you think I’m being overly dramatic here, I’m not. I’ve been personally affected by a teen that killed himself. I’ve counselled people who have had to deal with a sudden loss of their teen by suicide. I’ve been an expert speaker on the topic in the media.

I’m telling you the sad truth so that you are aware of the reality. It’s something no one wants to consider or think about. But when a teen is showing serious signs of depression (I will go over what those are shortly) it should be dealt with immediately by their parent.

So, I’m thankful you’re reading this ebook. And before you continue, I’d like to acknowledge you for being a parent that’s concerned and committed to your teen’s well-being. Some teens don’t have that kind of support. Your teen is lucky to have you as their mom or dad. Or grandparent, or friend, or sibling or whoever you are that loves them enough to help them. Wherever I say “parent of teen” in this book, I am talking about you. You are stepping into the role of parent, because your teen’s parent is not or can’t, or won’t.

Second, I’d like you to keep the statistic above in mind. When you have a moment and think: “It can wait till later”, take a step back and ask yourself: “Can it really wait till later?”

It’s part of human nature to think we have more time than we do. It’s scientifically proven that humans are bad future predictors. And when it comes to teens and depression, it’s never worth the risk. Better safe than sorry.

As a parent, it’s better to jump into action than to avoid until you have the “time” or “the right resources” or whatever typically gets in the way of taking actions. Find the time. Find the resources. I don’t have to tell you that your teen is most important thing in the world. I’m a parent too (though my son is only a toddler at this point). When our kids are sick or in danger everything else is set aside until they are better.

Even if you don’t think your teen is even close to being suicidal, you should still take signs of depression very seriously. Depressive symptoms can signal a multitude of issues:

  • Ø Your teen may have a brain chemical issue, aka major depression.

  • Ø Your teen may be dealing with some challenges in life and they don’t know how to communicate about them.

  • Ø Your teen could be confused about life and themselves for one reason or another and don’t know how to work through the issues because they haven’t learned how to effectively handle these feelings and situations.

  • Ø Your teen may have been affected by a severe trauma that they are embarrassed by and uncomfortable sharing about with you.

  • Ø  Your teen could have another underlying medical condition where depression is expressed as one of the symptoms.

    Now is the time when your teen is learning how to deal with emotions, life challenges and manage responsibilities. It’s your opportunity to teach them effective coping skills to prepare them for now and later in life.

    As an adult, it can be easy to forget that you’ve had many more years of learning how to deal with tough emotions and life situations. If you’re teen doesn’t know how to handle things, or if you’re watching them struggle, keep in mind they are still learning. It’s important to remember that when guiding a teen.

    Teens are in a phase of life where they are transitioning from childhood to adulthood. What they are experiencing is new. They may be resigned about not being a kid anymore, uncomfortable with physical changes and appearance, unsure of their future, or wanting the benefits of adulthood without the responsibilities.

  • Whatever your teen is dealing with, no one comes through these years “unscathed”. In other words, the teenage years are usually challenging in one way or another for most teens.

Consider this statistic:

24% of adolescents in the United States have seriously considered committing suicide.

One quarter of the population of teens each year is so miserable they consider suicide?! Yes. This also means, the number of teens suffering with a lesser degree of stress or depression is likely far greater. Challenges during the teen years are universal.

This time period is crucial in development. When a teen learns how to effectively cope with life and emotions, it often determines how equipped they’ll be in the future. For parents, making sure they learn these skills is not easy. Especially when you have your own stuff going on (bills to pay, boss to keep happy etc.). This is especially a concern if your teen isn’t as open and communicative as you would like them to be.

If you’re a parent who feels stuck because you’re watching your teen suffer and you’re not sure what to do, or you’ve tried to help and it hasn’t been effective, welcome to the club! No one formally teaches parents how to deal with teens, let alone teens who may be depressed. It’s tough! (And once again, I have a toddler not a teen, but my parents were inadequately prepared to handle me as a teen, which is why I ended up as an adult with depression. I’ll explain shortly.)

Here’s the good news: This guide book will help you.

It is a great resource parents with teens who are suffering from major depression. The knowledge it provides will allow you to support them effectively by teaching you tangible actions to take. You’ll learn how to:

  • ●  Communicate effectively to encourage them to take positive actions and to demonstrate your love and support.

  • ●  Understand the role you play. When to give “tough love”. When to simply be there without speaking. What actions are most helpful.

  • ●  Get an insider’s view of the challenges they could be dealing with and how to help them.

  • ●  Learn how to manage your own needs and health so you stay strong.

  • ●  Learn crisis support exercises and tools that provide immediate relief.

    This is the book that my parents didn’t have. These tips could have helped them to provide me the support I so desperately needed when I was a teen. They wanted to do the right things to help me, but they didn’t understand what those things were.

It led to me bringing my issues into adulthood, where they affected me to a point of getting sick with depression and considering suicide in 2012.

Thankfully, I survived a suicide attempt.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not their fault I got sick. It’s important I make this distinction. I do not blame them in any way for what happened. I was negligent with my health and well-being and I caused my own sickness.

Though, from an objective standpoint, I understand they did not have the right tools to handle me as a teen. Tools I can now give you from both my formal education in crisis prevention and leadership, and firsthand experience.

Learning the tools in this book will help prevent you from falling into the traps most parents have to contend with when confronted by a teen in crisis.

Here are common things I usually see in my coaching practice:

  • Ø Major gaps in communication and the parent teen relationship where neither party “gets” (understands) the other person. So naturally the parent and teen pull away from each other. This can lead to a loss of respect on either side. It can lead to more resistance from authority on the teens side (a “screw you” mentality). It can lead to resentment later on (“my parent never tried to understand me”).

  • Ø Frazzled parent, troubled teen. Parent tries to help the teen but they are ineffective, so they don’t know what to do. They are troubled, lose sleep over it, feel extreme stress. They may seek out professionals or put their teen on meds to fix them. The teen feels moved from one thing to another. The teen blames themselves for feeling the way they are feeling. Lack of self esteem can carry into adulthood.

  • Ø Hatred and a limp noodle parent. A teen that hates their parent for one reason or another (i.e. moving the family for a job, a divorce etc.) When a teen is mad at their parent they tend to lash out and defy authority. This can send the teen in the wrong direction. It can lead them to be moody, angry, defiant and feeling deeply sad inside. Often the parent then has trouble handling their defiant teen because they can’t control them like they could when they were young.

  • Ø The parent who saves their teen in times of struggle. The moment something happens where the teen starts to feel sad or uncomfortable or challenged, the parent swoops in to rescue the teen. The teen in this case would likely never learn how to cope with emotions properly and navigate life situations. They will always rely on someone else to save them. When someone isn’t there in future to save them, they may not have the skills to cope themselves.

  • These are just a few situations you’ll learn to avoid. Helping a teen avoid or conquer depression involves a fine balance between challenging them and supporting them.

  • The tools and tips in this short eBook will ensure you don’t make the situation worse and that you maintain loving relationship. 

About The Author

Kay Walker is an acclaimed depression recovery expert and author who has dedicated her life to helping people people not only deal with depression, but becoming their best self. 

She is the author of 7 books, is an in-demand public speaker and media go-to pundit on mental health issues, neuroscience and personal development.

She has coached hundreds of people from depressed teens to confronted CEOs.

Here books include:

+ The Feel Better Now Book - A Guide to Depression Recovery
+ How to Help Your Depressed Teen - A Parent's Guide
+ How to Help a Depressed Friend or Family Member
+ Read This Before You Kill Yourself
+ How to be Unstoppable
+ The Yes Getter
+The People Magnet Formula
+ Super You: How Technology is Revolutionizing What it Means to Be Human

 

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