5 Ways to Cope Up With Teenage Depression

We’ve all been teenagers. We know what feeling great one second and miserable the next was like. “It’s all part of growing up,” we repeatedly heard our parents and elders say. But there is another reason why teenagers ride this emotional roller coaster of teenage depression.

You probably know the answer to this, it’s depression. Sadly, it isn’t acknowledged soon enough, and adolescents are left to deal with the remnants throughout their adult lives. Thankfully, you can recognize signs of depression in teenagers. Here are five ways to cope with teenage depression.  

What is Depression?

One of the most common mental health conditions, depression, affects more than 300 million people worldwide. It ranges from mild to severe, depending on the symptoms. Depression can last weeks to years and can even last for a lifetime. It can also be recurring.

Depressive episodes can worsen over time and go from normal to severe very quickly. The symptoms of depression are evident in most patients, while in others, they aren’t as obvious. But with proper help and support, depression is curable, and recurring symptoms are preventable. 


Types of Depression

There are many different types of depression. However, while some symptoms may vary, the effects remain the same. Check out ten types of depression and/or depressive disorders,

  • Major Depression: Symptoms of this type of depression persist, as you may feel them most of the week. 
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder: Symptoms of this depression lasts for two years or more.
  • Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression: Episodes range from being high on energy to feeling abruptly downcast and sad. 
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: This occurs in women before the start of their period.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): This type frequently occurs in the colder months and was linked to less sunlight due to shorter days.
  • Psychotic Depression: This is major depression coupled with psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, or paranoia.
  • Postpartum Depression: This type occurs in women following childbirth and can stay for years afterward. Men experience this too.
  • Treatment Resistant Depression: This type refers to patients not responding to initial treatment for depression. A transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulator is used to treat this type of depression.
  • Situational Depression: This type relates to a certain situation or circumstance, like moving abroad, changing jobs, etc. 
  • Atypical Depression: This type is temporary, where fleeting mood boosters can make you feel better; it is not as persistent or lasting.

Causes and Symptoms of Depression


There are multitudes of reasons that can be sources of depression. Generally, depression is caused by a significant event that is either traumatic or sad, it can be caused by a prolonged period of abuse or pent-up stress and anxiety. 

You don’t necessarily have to go through something transformative to have depression, either. It also stems from common circumstances, like unemployment, self-esteem issues, or day-to-day stress. 



Symptoms of depression differ in age ranges, from children to teenagers to adults. Here are some of them,

Young Children

  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia 
  • Unexplained bouts of unhappiness, aggression 
  • Irritability
  • Clinginess
  • Refusing to play or go to school

Teenagers, Young Adults, and Adults

  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Emotional distress
  • Lethargy
  • Anxiety, irritability, or unexplained fits of rage
  • Inability to concentrate or focus
  • Physical abnormalities or pain
  • Suicidal thoughts 

Ways to Cope Up With Teenage Depression

If you acknowledge symptoms of depression in your teenage children, siblings, or students, there are ways to help them cope. Let’s take a look,

  • Talk to them: The best way to help is by talking to them. Ask how and why they’re feeling the way they are and make them feel comfortable so they can open up.
  • Be willing to step up: When dealing with a depressed teenager, listen to what they’re saying and accept whatever thought or perspective they’re putting out.
  • Help them get help: Let them know there is help out there. Most teenagers feel hesitant to seek help because they’re embarrassed. Depression can be treated 
  • Encourage healthy friendships: If they have friends who are positive influences, encourage those bonds. Invite them over and let them spend more time with your teenager.
  • Don’t force them into anything: If certain situations or circumstances stress your teenager, don’t force them. Be it a family event or a social gathering, don’t coerce them into being stressed out.


This road requires patience, sensitivity, and, most importantly, love to trail through. There is no instant recovery method for teenagers to overcome depression, so you must be tolerant throughout the process. Share with your friends and family so they can get a heads-up about dealing with a teenager with depression. 



  •  What Is The Best Way To Deal With Teenagers Who Don’t Listen?

Ans: The best way to deal with teenagers who don’t listen is to listen to them. Parents tend to have this “holier-than-thou” attitude that can prevent teenagers from opening up to them. They refuse to pay attention to their teenagers. But the key is to listen to what they’re saying.

It is important that adults maintain composure and not treat every tense interaction with them as a “shouting contest”. Another key technique is to create a safe space for them, so you don’t intimidate them when they say something. Let them voice their opinions and thoughts before you judge right away.

  •  How Do I Understand My Teenager Better?

Ans: There is not one single answer to this question, because the solution is multi-faceted. You must remember that the world is changing rapidly, and society is evolving daily. This is why it will prove futile if you exercise age-old traditions to discipline your children.

So remember, no matter what, you must keep an open mind. You need to be accepting of the changes and developments. Also, communication is always crucial. Communicate with them and talk to them about what’s bothering them and everything. The world, the birds and the bees, what’s new on Netflix, all of it!

Happy Parenting!


Divya is a writer, who loves to read and write. She is a Company Secretary by profession. She is passionate about art, reading, writing, music, and creativity. She loves to do research on ‘Parenting’ and discover new things now and then. Her passion about positive parenting pushed her to write on ‘Wonder Parenting’. Her loving daughter, Vachie, helped her to dig deep and reach new heights on Parenting. She believes that ‘Parenting is Patience’ and shares her own journey to express that parenting approach differs for every individual.
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