If you feel that your tween may be depressed, it is best to address the issue and try to do something as soon as possible because depression doesn’t just go away on its own.
In addition to getting professional help, here are a few things you can do to help your tween:
Exercise. Although people who feel depressed may not be in the mood to exercise, they will find that any physical activity for as little as 15 minutes a day will help lift their mood after a while. Perhaps your tween could exercise with a friend if they don’t want to do it alone.
Good nutrition. Depression can affect appetite. Some people may not feel hungry at all, while other might overeat. If depression affects your tweens appetite, you need to be mindful of what you feed them. Since proper nutrition can influence a person’s mood and energy, it’s important that your tween gets plenty of fruit and vegetables.
Be creative. People with depression can sometimes find that their creativity seems blocked. Help your tween exercise their creativity by encouraging them to paint, draw, doodle, sew, write or dance etc. This will loosen up some positive emotions and help lighten up their mood.
Don’t dwell on pain. Rather than dwelling on pain, encourage your tween to identify the problem and talk about it instead. Talking will help them release any anger or pain. If they are not too comfortable pouring their heart out, they can also use a journal.
Be positive. Once your tween airs out their thoughts and feelings tell them to focus on positive things. It may be heard because those affected with depression find everything dismal and negative. If they only look towards the negative, try to help them look at the bright side. They can consider their strengths, gifts, or blessings.
More importantly, tweens need to remember to be patient with themselves because depression takes time to heal.