There's no sure way to prevent depression. However, these strategies may help. Encourage your teen to:

  • Take steps to control stress, such as not committing to too many obligations at once.
  • Boost low self-esteem by recognizing small steps toward getting better.
  • Reach out for friendship and social support, especially in times of crisis.
  • Get treatment at the earliest sign of a problem to help prevent depression from worsening.
  • Maintain ongoing treatment, if recommended, even after symptoms let up, or have regular therapy sessions to help prevent a relapse of depression symptoms.
Nov. 07, 2012