Support groups offer a wealth of information on teen depression. Members of support groups have personal experience dealing with depression in teens. And, they can offer their advice to help answer your questions. People seeking information on teen depression can discuss ways to help their teen cope, and, ways they can also cope with the disease.
Understanding depression and how it can effect a teen is the most important information support groups offer. They can give information on how to tell the difference between depression and acting out, which is common for teens. A group can alert you to the early signs and symptoms that signal a teen may have depression. They can tell you from their personal experiences how depression effected their teens’ school work, self esteem, and behavior. They can offer information on possible treatments and medicines. And, if a group is local, they can recommend doctors. Most of all, they can offer you and your teen support.
Support groups are located online, in schools, churches, or community organizations. If you have difficulty finding a group, your doctor, mental health agency, or school counselor can help you find a group with the information needed to support your recovery.