Many people experience depression over the course of their lifetimes. The teenage years of life are often turbulent and rife with emotion. If your teen is showing signs of depression, consider trying these four non-pharmaceutical methods of treating his or her symptoms.
Provide Materials for Creative Expression
When a teenager has depression, a creative outlet for expression could help to release emotions such as anger and sadness. Art is also a good way for a teen to connect with others. For example, your child could enroll in a pottery or painting class aimed at teenagers. If your teen is not up to a group gathering of like-minded artists, consider going to an art supply store and helping your child to choose some supplies and materials. There are many types of art that are ideal for creative expression and affordable for beginners. Some canvases, paintbrushes and acrylic or oil paints are a good choice. A pair of knitting needles and some brightly colored yarn are another good choice. There are many Youtube videos that could help your teen learn how to knit.
Schedule Muscle Testing to Release Trapped Emotions
Your teen could have trapped emotions that are causing the feelings of depression. Muscle testing to release trapped emotions is a natural alternative to pharmaceutical treatments. With muscle testing, your teen is in a comfortable and calming environment with a trained professional. The natural healer guides your teen through different movements that invite healing energy to release these trapped emotions. Muscle testing can be done with an object that represents the problem or emotion that is stuck. Your child holds the object and releases his or her muscles in order to free the negative thoughts.
Enroll in an Exciting Fitness or Activity Class
Physical activity and moderate to intense exercise helps the brain to release endorphins. These are natural chemicals that enhance a person’s mood. If your teenager prefers sitting and playing video games, watching shows or texting to exercising, consider enrolling in an exciting fitness or activity class. Consider a water aerobics class or a swimming class if your teen enjoys the water. A class for learning how to kayak could also be exciting. For a land adventurer, try a rock climbing class. You could also go on outdoor excursions such as combining hiking with geocaching or setting a goal of running a 5K race in five states over a course of five weeks. Make a plan and help your child to stick with it.
Connect with a Counselor
Many teens do not want to talk about their feelings with their parents. Your teen might feel embarrassed to explain his or her feelings or elaborate on what is bothering him or her. Some teens feel that their parents will not understand what they are going through. Your teenager might worry about getting into trouble or losing privileges by sharing feelings or explaining about the reason for the depression. Connect with a counselor so your teen can talk with someone outside of the family about what is causing the depression. A counselor will not pass judgment on your child. The counselor could offer additional helpful solutions. Talk therapy does not have any side effects and can be done in conjunction with other non-pharmaceutical ways of treating depression.
These treatment options could be done one at a time or simultaneously. It is also important to closely watch your child for signs of worsening symptoms of depression. As a parent, you know your child the best. Any major changes in mood, behavior or appearance could be a warning sign that your child needs a prompt intervention in order to treat worsening symptoms.