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Help for Depressed Young Adult: A Parent’s Guide

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Young adults may be hesitant to get help when they are struggling. You may not know exactly what to do to help. Talking about them may be uncomfortable and you may not know where to begin. Help for depressed young adult may start at home. However, extending beyond the home and getting professional help may be necessary. Before you can address the situation head on, you must first acknowledge that there is an issue present to address.

Here are some ways to recognize possible signs of depression in young adults:

  1. Lack of interest. Your young adult may exhibit a loss of interest in the activities or things that once brought them joy. They may no longer seem to have fun with friends or practicing their hobbies.
  2. Withdrawal from others. Choosing to avoid social outings, shutting oneself away, and avoiding communication may be signs of depression in young adults. If you notice a significant difference in your young adult’s social life, you should not ignore it.
  3. Energy loss. Lack of motivation, little desire to do anything, extreme tiredness, and sleeping more are all warning signs of depression.
  4. Decreased ability to concentrate. Young adults who are experiencing depression may have a reduced ability to focus and concentrate on simple or complex tasks.
  5. Increased drug or alcohol use. If you notice your loved one is engaging in risky behaviors, there may be an underlying issue.

Tips for Talking

While you may feel helpless in confronting your young adult’s struggles, rest assured knowing that there are ways that you can help them cope with their struggles. After recognizing warning signs, you should immediately take action. Avoid power struggles or accusatory tones with your young adult—this will only result in resentment and/or unproductive conversation.

Here are some tips for getting help for young adult:

  • Recognize you may not be the best person to help them. This being said, seek out resources in the community to help them.
  • Ask them how you can be supportive. When you don’t know, it is okay to ask them what you can do to make them feel safe and supported.
  • Assure them they are not alone. Often times young adults may feel like they are the only one’s struggling. Talk to them and help put things into perspective. Let them know it is okay to have feelings.
  • Be available. It is important that your young adult feels that they can come to you when they need help. Establish a relationship with them where they feel open to talking to you.
  • Educate them on professional sources to help. When your young adult needs help beyond your control, help them seek out the appropriate care. Starting with a medical professional for evaluation is a good idea.

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