This post offers a quick, not tested, but good first step for parents worried about an unhappy teen. Start with this poster:
PARENT ADVICE about depression
How many of the Happiness Rules listed above do you follow? Probably not all. That is why forgiving self is one of the rules. Minimally, doing what has to be done despite mad, bad or sad feelings is what most of us manage to do. Not so when caught in the grips of depression.
Depression also destroys respect for self and others, the ability to laugh and play, and to forgive life, others, and ourselves.
The pushing of children to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” or “Be All You Can Be” code words for “Be a Star,” need reality checking. The poster focuses on reality based happiness.
I suggest all parents think about discussing the Happiness Rules at a formal or informal family…
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