Parenting Practicals

Alleviating Emotional Pain

Would you notice if your son or daughter was suffering from depression?

Depression is a difficult condition to recognize in a lot of people. Often, those suffering from depression will isolate themselves or withdraw from people. It takes time and patience to sit with someone who is depressed. Some of the warning signs of a teen who is depressed are constant blank stares, low tone of voice, isolation, irritability, and avoidance of eye contact.

Superficial Cutting

Teens suffering from depression may resort to the negative coping skill of cutting. There are two different types of cutting. One is superficial cutting which is a type of cutting where a person will cut to attempt to get the attention of others. Superficial cutting does not diminish the harm or risk one is taking to self-injure themselves and should be taken seriously.

Self-Injurious Cutting

The other type of cutting is known as self-injurious cutting. This kind of…

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About the Author

Cheyenne Vasquez

Cheyenne is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who works with severely emotionally disturbed adolescents from Southern California. On her spare time she enjoys singing, exercising, eating ding dongs, and napping (not in that particular order).