How To Tell Your Parents You Have Depression

Almost half of depressed people are teenagers. Teens having major depression often encounter failure in sharing their feelings and issues with someone. They might not have that comfort zone with either of their family or friends or it could be the people around them who aren’t much aware of depression in teens. Sharing those anxious feelings with parents isn’t easy sometimes it’s embarrassing or might not be very severe as much as a person thinks it would be. But asking help from parents is the most appropriate approach as they would be the closest in a person’s life as well as they are mature enough to understand the situation and help them dealing with it.

How To Tell Your Parents You Have Depression?

Once a person recognized some major symptoms of depression it would be best to seek out someone’s help and parents would be the most appropriate ones to approach for help and support.

  • Explain your feelings and share the issues associated with your depression. Share what’s bothering you and how did it impede or hinder your daily tasks and activities. Whether it would be something bothering you in school, college, any relationship, job, or just a life event that’s triggering the stress and depressive state, speak out everything in front of your parents.
  • Ask for your parent’s help. Explain and confess your situation and struggles and ask for their help in that condition. Even if you think you would need any professional help ask them to fix an appointment with a professional or doctor.
  • Describe your struggles with depression. Explain your parents regarding the daily tasks that were affected or linked with your stress. If you have faced any failure or serious damage due to depression share that as well. If you have struggled while sleeping, doing tasks, going out, talking to people, hopelessness, and helplessness, fatigue, body aches, or anything else, just share every symptom with your parents while explaining them. So that your parents would better understand the situation and make their best efforts to help you.
  • The sooner, the better. Don’t wait for the situation to worsen and leads to some serious outcomes. Share your situation at the early stages so that they would help you coping with that depressive episodes as soon as possible.
  • If speaking and face to face conversations seem difficult, write a letter or note to convey your message. Write everything down about the state, feelings, and outcomes. Send a message or just write on paper whatever way feels comfortable and easy.
  • While you are sharing your condition, that would probably lead a few questions or concerns in your parents’ minds as well. Try to answer their concerns and questions appropriately so that they would analyze the situation properly and would suggest or help you accordingly.
  • Don’t argue if your parents react badly or ask a few more details about something specific. Remember panicking could trigger the depressive state and stress and would even make it difficult for your parents to help you.