Depression Among Young Men
Have you noticed that your teenager is acting a bit weirder than usual? Is he no longer hanging out with his friends? What about his hobbies? Does he look stressed or afraid of something? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you should already be looking for the signs of teenage depression.
Young guys are as prone to mental disorders as girls. And since men have the tendency to associate themselves with tougher environment, the causes and effects of mental disorders like depression are instantly at a much heightened state. That is why it is important to spot them right away before the condition gets worse and end up with more serious problems.
Here are the following signs to see whether he is suffering from depression or not:
- Acting Up
- Stops Doing What He loves
- Wants To Be Left Alone
- Does Not Talk Much
- Avoids Interactions or Conversations
- Less Interest In Going To School
- Alcohol/Drug Abuse
- Self Harming
- Any Indications That He is Thinking Of Running Away Or Suicide
What You Can DO
- Lend Your Ear – There is always a time to reach out and listen to their problems. If he resists, try harder. Make him feel like you’re always available to listen and communicate. Make him feel that he’s not alone.
- Show Your Support – Don’t pressure him too much into doing things he does not normally do. He’s sad for a reason, and whatever that may be, don’t add yourself into it. Always be patient and understanding enough to be able to show him that you are willing to be there with his struggles.
- Reach For Professional Help – Especially if signs alcohol, drug abuse, or self-harming is visible, convince him to see a therapist that might be helpful. But make sure you’re always by his side every step of the way.