According to Health US News, 20% of teenagers go through depression before college. The same study noted that girls are at a higher risk of being depressed than boys. Some of the factors that create this comparison are social acceptance, physical outlook, and of course, personal perspectives. A third of teenage girls in the United States reported depression in 2017. Believe it or not, that was three times the number of boys. Further research suggested that there is indeed sex difference in depression. What’s more stupefying is that from an early age, girls appear to be more affected by this than boys. Below are some of the best practices when managing depression among teenagers;
CAUSES OF DEPRESSION AMONG TEENAGERS.
More often than not, depression arises from social acceptance. The need to fit into the ever-changing society may be hard sometimes. The society that applauds you today, judges you tomorrow. Because of this, we end up behind closed doors, sleeping all day, crying always. We simply cannot face the wrath of society. You ask yourself many questions, “why me?” and the thought that crosses your mind is death. Death feels good and it makes more sense to be dead than alive.
MANAGING SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE
Most of us crave positive attention. What we do not realize is that sometimes things fall apart. We have a fixed mind and a certainty that everything will remain as it is. We fear to look at the other side: the side of war, the side of hate. The teachers in school said these are vices, and love is a virtue. When you think of it, love and hate are just two sides of the coin. The problem is, we do not appreciate hate and war because they are vices. Even after we know that society is indeed toxic, We are always struggling to satisfy its expectations. So you should stop and think about yourself for a minute. Would you rather die depressed or would you rather come out stronger than before? The choice is yours and neither of them is easy to make.
2. PHYSICAL OUTLOOK
The world out there is competitive. Oftentimes, celebrities decide our way of life. We take a great amount of time trying to be like them. Everything we have is their trademark, even our walking style. We have no time to be us. Our mode of dressing, our hair-style, and everything we do is their inspiration. Some of us even want to become slim so that we fit well into those skimpy tops and dresses. When our classmates say how we look classy, we feel good. Wait until they turn their back on you. The pressure becomes too much. You cry foul the whole day because all this makes no sense. You were told that your dress is your choice but now your dress is your damnation.
BECOME MORE CONFIDENT WITH HOW YOU LOOK
The best gift you can give yourself is to love yourself. Love your imperfections and all your flaws. You don’t have to try so much to feel alive. Being content with who you are is supreme. A better way of doing this is through affirmations. Tell yourself you are beautiful, you are smart and you are enough.
3. PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES
We all see the world from different angles. Teenagers like to compare different things and most of the time, all this they do with a rigid mind. They tend to dismiss any other ideologies or opinions that are contrary to what they already believe. For instance, they may argue about the best hip-hop rapper. The need to fight back and prove a point will drain there energy. For many, this is usually temporary but for a few, it is usually permanent. In many cases, this happens when they argue with their rivals such as academic rivals. They end up avoiding them because they are dejected.
BECOME OPEN-MINDED AND VALUE EVERYONE’S OPINION
Being open-minded and weighing different options first before arguing is the best way to come around this. You don’t have to prove a point because sometimes you might be wrong. Allow yourself to learn and appreciate everyone’s opinion. This might not be a way of managing depression but it will save you from it.