Preventing Depression in Young AdultsFebruary 11, 2019
Depression is among the most common mental health disorders worldwide. Oftentimes, depression develops during the adolescent years (between 18 and 25). The number of young adults experiencing depression is constantly on the rise. Doing things to help prevent the development of depression should be the priority in society.
Did you know?
- Research shows that specific types of interventions are proven to reduce symptoms of depression
- There is no specific type of prevention method that works better than another
- Surveys indicate that as many as one in five teens suffer from clinical depression
Learn the Risks
In order to enforce an effective prevention plan, you should first know the risks. “Risks” are the everyday activities that your young adult is exposed to that could trigger the development of depression. Depression appears in one’s life for many different reasons. The causes can only be determined by evaluating the individual. Here are some risk factors that could increase the risk of depression in young adults:
- Using substances, including alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and other illicit drugs
- Dieting to lose weight
- Using negative strategies to cope with stress, such as trying not to think about problems, and making decisions by ‘gut feeling’ rather than thinking about the consequences
- Being over-weight
- Dating during adolescence
- Frequent use of electronic or other media (e.g., mobile phones, television, and computers)
Put Prevention into Practice
Intervention starts at home. You are your child’s influencer and sole caretaker. It is important to be observant and aware of the things going on in their lives. Taking small steps or making simple changes in the home can have a lasting positive effect on your young adult’s mental and even physical health. Here are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of depression:
- Having a healthy diet which includes a range of nutritious foods
- Getting adequate sleep (8 -10 hours per night)
- Being physically active, joining a sports team
- Having relationships with peers who engage in positive behaviors such as doing well in school and volunteering
- Talking to parents about their day, friendships, activities etc.
Trails Momentum can help
Trails Momentum is a wilderness therapy program for young adults ages 18-25. The program uses adventure-based therapy as a way to help young adults improve self-regulation and overall functioning ability. Students will gain an greater sense of self-awareness and learn healthy coping skills. Trails Momentum provides an individualized treatment plan that inspires change in the lives of young adults giving them the tools they need to lead healthy and successful lives. Let us help your family today!
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