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When Depression Haunts Teenagers

My child is depressed. What should I do now?  Steps to take when you feel your child may be depressed.


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Steps to take when your child is depressed

One of the hardest things to swallow is when your own child is not feeling themselves.  You notice a small or large change in their mood, behaviour patterns, and daily activity which points towards some type of depression.  Your hope is that it is a temporary condition brought on by something that may have triggered the way they feel. Many teenage boys start to develop mood related symptoms around the age of 13 or 14. Many Teenage girls may develop mood related symptoms of depression around the age of 12.  The reason is that their body and hormones are changing and this may cause a decrease in serotonin which can adversely affect  the way they feel.   Their minds start getting confused in regards to what they are feeling.  They will often blame others or even their own parents for the way they are currently feeling.    It is extremely important that you take action early before it escalates into a serious condition that may require hospitalization and medication.

The stigma regarding mental illness is out there.  According to The journal of psychiatric Services 45% of people out there have a stigma regarding mental illness. They feel that they would be rejected by their peers if they were to find out that they have a mental health diagnosis.  This stigma does not assist those seeking help as they may get ignored or shamed by others.  It is also very difficult for a parent to realize their child is experiencing mental health issues.  Parents will often blame themselves for the way their child feels. They may feel that they should have given more attention to their child or have given them material items to make them more happy. There is no correlation between how much time you spend with your child or the monetary items you give them and depression.   Parent’s must realize that their child may be suffering from a mental illness and they need to find the best ways to help their child the best way they can.

Child Or Teenage Anxiety and Depression – Early Intervention

You notice your child is not acting like their usual self.  You may notice the following behaviour and patterns in your child.

  • Erratic sleep patterns – Your child may take a long time to get to sleep; They may sleep very little or way too much;  Gets up a lot in the middle of the night; May have frequent nightmares
  • Loss of appetite or an increase in appetite, may or not be associated with stomach pains
  • Feeling nauseous before attending school or an event
  • withdrawal from friends and/or family
  • Loss of motivation in school work or homework
  • Loss of motivation or withdrawal from day to day activities. For example they are not interested in going outside for walk, watching T.V., playing video games, or playing
  • Withdrawal from friends or family. They seem to be wanting to be left alone.  They do not want to talk much to you or others.

If you notice the above symptoms it is important to try and find the root of the problem.  This is the time to spend a significant amount of time with your child.  Talk to them and they may reveal what is bothering them that may be causing their temporary symptoms.  If they are not talking to you try to find a relative or someone else in the household that can speak to them and find out what is bothering them.  It is common that children of this age would rather talk to someone else about what they are experiencing instead of their own parents.  They feel their parents may over react to what they have to say.   Once you find out what is bothering reassure your child that you are there for them and they are not alone. As a parent you need to remain calm and positive and never place the blame on the child for the way they feel.

If it is a school bullying issue, you need to make sure that a report is issued to the school regarding the bullying and accompanying medical documentation indicating that your child is having a medical condition because of harassment within the school.  If the school receives the report they will act fast to resolve the issue and make sure your child feels safe at school or may make course or classroom changes to ensure that the bullying stops.

If it is another issue, that you feel you can help your child. You need to  work on solving those issues with your child.  It may be as simple as your child saying that they feel overwhelmed with school work and need to take a break from school work.

If it is a fear, or phobia your child is experiencing than a psychotherapist may help using cognitive behaviour therapy.

It is important that if the symptoms persist longer than 2 weeks in length that your doctor is notified as they can conduct a series of blood tests to find out if there is anything physically wrong that may be causing your child’s symptoms. There could be a lack of vitamen B12, D, TSH overstimulation etc.. that can be solved with medical therapy.

Things to Do, While your child is experiencing anxiety and depression

  • Change your child’s diet, make sure that your child is getting well balanced meals.  Try to avoid foods or wean them off the foods that do not contain much nutrients such as pizza and fries.   Your child may be craving these foods because these foods give them that good feeling. However, these fast foods may be detrimental to your child’s physical and mental health well being.  Check with your local doctor about giving your child vitamins.
  • Start going for brisk walks with your child.   Any physical activity increases the serotonin levels in your body, which will help your child feel better.  It also gives you and opportunity to talk with your child.  There are no excuses to keep your child sedentary because you feel it is too cold  to go out for a brisk walk.  Rain or shine, put on your boots, raincoat, and/or winter paraphernalia and go for a walk with your child.  These walks could be about 15 minutes to begin with twice a day and increase them to half an hour.  The walks are healthy for you too.   If it is negative 40 out there go to a mall and walk around the mall.   It is important that your child gets some physical activity everyday.
  • Have your child join a physical education or cultural program either at your nearest community centre or privately run courses or agencies.
  • Go out with your child.  Go to a mall, museum, recreation centre, movie, or park.  Changing the scenery by going out may help your child focus on something else rather than their worries or thoughts.
  • If it is not possible to go on an outing, spend some time with your child at home.   Tell them you want to watch a show or movie at home with them and you will bring the popcorn and treats.
  • Try to limit the use of electronics  such as video games, social media,  and the internet.  These types of media may actually be aggravating how they are experiencing since they may be receiving some sort of bullying through social media.

Mental Health Facilities and Agencies in Canada.  A referral from a family practitioner is needed to initiate outpatient mental health programs.

Some Final Thoughts

  • Remember that you are not alone when facing these mental health concerns, there are many people facing the same hurdles you and your child are going through
  • Think positive their are many options out there to help your child deal with their anxiety and depression
  • This is the time to start talking to close family or friends about what is happening.  They may be able to help you out more than you think.
  • Visit the nearest hospital or call an ambulance if you feel your child is danger of hurting themselves or in danger of hurting others.

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The Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) provides confidential 24/7 phone and web counselling for children ages 20 and under throughout Canada. They may also refer you to the nearest mental health facility in your local area to assist your child find the right treatment provider.


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Many students and parents wonder how to find a good physics tutor or tutoring center in Toronto.  Parents and students should be asking the physics tutor, tutoring agency, or centre the right type of questions.  It is imperative that you investigate and do your homework.   Does the physics tutor have the necessary expertise to tutor physics at your specific grade  or level?  Having done well in the course in high school is not enough to warrant an expertise in tutoring physics at that specific grade level.  The physics tutor should at the least have on physics university course or equivalent to be successful in tutoring you physics at a grade 11 level. For successful tutoring for grade twelve physics they should have at least two physics or math course equivalents.

When looking for a physics tutor keep in mind there are many physics tutors out there that are jack of all tutoring subjects even though they have not taken on physics course at the university level.  Be aware of agencies who sell you that their tutors are “physics teachers”.  Many parents think that this specifically means a teacher teaching physics at a school with certification.  What they are selling you is a student who has taken the course and can supposedly teach the subject to you or your child.

At Tutors For Less our agents will work diligently to find a suitable physics  tutor for you or your child.

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How to motivate your child to read and write

How to motivate you child to read and write.


Many parents call our tutoring agency asking for a reading program for their child.  There are many things parents can do to motivate their children to read.  One thing parents can do is simply take their children to the library once a week and call that library time.  Many parents are busy placing their children in physical activities forget that the library also offers certain reading programs or events to help motivate your child.  As your child gets older you can simply call this your weekly “reading night” or “reading day”.  You and your child will benefit from this as this also serves as a relaxing event you can do with your child.  Even if you miss a library date.  You can substitute that with a “reading night” at your home.  Be sure to be consistent as any long lapse from reading every week with your child can backfire.  It is very beneficial to start that “reading bond” with your child at an early age.  The older they are the more difficult it will be to motivate them to become avid readers.  Once your child gets used to reading on a weekly basis they will continue reading for the love of it.  As past experience tells me my students that were avid readers were also performing well in all academic areas including arithmetic.   I cannot stress how important it is to read to your child when they are young.  It does not matter what language you read to them.  Once they see how much you love reading to them they will in turn love reading because it comforts them.  And as adults and teens they will remember that time you spent with them reading.

Some parents no matter what they do find it a constant struggle to motivate their child to read.  This constant battle that parents have with their children to motivate them to read and write over the summer is the primary reason, why parents call us to provide their children with a guided reading program.  “We have guided reading programs so that parents do not have to worry about their children falling behind compared to their peers.  Our reading tutoring programs can be modified or enriched to fit each child’s specific learning needs.  We have a wide variety of reading tutoring programs that can help children catch up or get ahead of their peers.  We have a wide variety of reading programs that cater to the need of each child”.   Says Steve Lehman, Education Consultant with Tutors For Less.

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