Our month-long show on the topic of teen depression is a very difficult one for us.
It’s hard to see anyone suffering from depression, but seeing a child go through it is heartbreaking.
Some parents are in denial, and won’t face reality and accept what is evident; their child needs medical attention. What is the root of the denial? Is it guilt? Is it embarrassment? Maybe the parents feel that this kind of thing cannot happen in their family; maybe other families but not their family. Whatever “it” is, someone need to decide to seek help.
Truth is, we are all responsible to speak up if we see something “off” with a child. Did their personality change? Did they stop grooming themselves? Did their eating habits change? Are they withdrawn? There are so many red flags that are visible to everyone who has contact with that child. It’s been said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” It’s going to take all of us being vigilant and reach out to a family who is dealing with this illness.
Everyone goes through periods of sadness but it doesn’t last, and they’re soon happy again. When the sadness lingers, it is possible that depression is the cause. Clinical depression doesn’t just go away, intervention is needed. Most important, the person who is depressed need an outlet, someone that they trust to talk to.
Are you or your family dealing with this illness? Do you know someone who is? What do you do? Please share your thoughts, your experience, what worked, what didn’t work. We’re all in this together.
Join us Saturday, June 17th at 6:00 p.m., on the Talk It Up Radio Show as we continue the conversation. www.talkitupradioshow.com