« on: October 17, 2018, 04:54:18 pm »Message ID: 1243017
I don't have a teenager, but I myself suffer from postpartum depression and anxiety. It can be hard. Sometimes I feel like nobody understands me, and I think that contributes to the depression and anxiety. So try to relate to the teen, and try to get them to understand that you understand, even if you really don't. Also, for the longest time, I was dead against medicines. But it got so bad for me, that I caved and just decided to give some medicine a try. I definitely feel like they have helped me. I'm not saying they are a cure-all, but they sure took the edge off and relieved some of the tension. There is nothing wrong with needing medicine to help, so if the teen does need medicine, do not make them feel as if it is a bad thing. Let them know it is there to help them. Overall, I would say that support is the best thing a person can provide to another person who is suffering from depression and/or anxiety.