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How Do You Help Your Teenager Who Doesn’t Want Help?

a teen rests their head in their arms while a parent looks upset to show how to help a teenager who doesn't want help

When your teenager appears to be depressed, you may suggest seeking professional help. But what do you do if they disagree? You may need to learn how to help a teenager who doesn’t want help. First, you may need to realize that this situation is more common than you’d think—a depressed teenager refuses help because they don’t often recognize that depression is the reason behind their feelings or actions. Part of the disorder is not thinking clearly enough to realize what is happening.

If you are concerned that your teenager needs mental health help but is not interested in seeking it, there are steps you can take to persuade them to get the assistance they need. Contact Honey Lake Clinic online or call 888.428.0562 today to learn more about our compassionate adolescent mental health treatment programs in Florida.

Keep Lines of Communication Open

Research reveals one of the biggest obstacles for teenagers to overcome in seeking treatment is fear and embarrassment over what family and friends will think of their need for mental health treatment. Communicating with your teen openly about depression is one way to help overcome this fear and stigma, and you can do the following to talk openly and honestly with your teenager:

  • Start with small, low-key conversations about mental health and depression.
  • Make it clear that you understand how hard it is to talk about these things and that you are there to listen without judgment.
  • Reassure your teen that you are addressing this out of love and concern.
  • Ask open-ended questions and actively listen to their responses.

Speak in specific terms about signs you see in them, which may be symptoms of depression. Discuss how depression, if left untreated, can negatively impact their life. Be compassionate and caring. Listen. Empathize with your teenager.

Offer Encouragement

Once you’ve expressed your concern, encourage your teenager to seek the help they need.

Reassure them that depression is a common medical condition and nothing they should be ashamed about. Remind your child about all the wonderful qualities they possess and encourage them that better understanding their medical condition and seeking help will help these positive qualities to flourish.

Acknowledge for your teenager that their decision to seek help takes courage, and let them know you are proud of them for each step. You might even consider rewarding them for each step.

Support Your Teenager in the Treatment Process

Give your teen unwavering support. Constantly remind them that you are in this with them for the long haul—whatever it takes, for as long as is needed. Remind them often, “I love you” and “I’m here for you.”

As depression can impact a teenager’s relationships with others, invite your child to participate in family and social events. Offer for your teen to spend time with you during the day, demonstrating that you care and desire to be around them.

Assist Your Teenager in Finding Help

Start by offering and encouraging to expand your conversations to include a doctor or counselor. Offer to help your teen compose a list of questions they might ask a professional about depression and their specific symptoms.

Reassure your teen that they do not have to continue to suffer alone—help is available, and treatment can be effective.

Enroll Your Child in Depression Treatment at Honey Lake Clinic

A healthier and happier future for your child is in view. Don’t lose sight of your role as a parent: helping your teenager find the inner strength and resources to take the first step in seeking help. Don’t allow yourself to become discouraged, and don’t give up. Your teenager is worth it!

Is your teenager struggling with depression, anxiety, mental health, or substance abuse? Our program is precisely what you need! Contact Honey Lake Clinic online or call 888.428.0562 today if your teenager needs mental health help.