Uh adolescent’s, they are the worst right? If you have a child I know that you that that child will have to go through adolescence sooner or later, how the child emerges at the end of this stage will determine the type of person that child will become. The simple fact that we all went through adolescence should be enough to make us understand what the child is going through, the problem is today’s kids live in a reality that is very different from what 90s,80s,70s, and 60s babies went through.
Look at it this way; this is a generation that is growing up with the internet, thousands of TV channels and a very violent world. I’m not saying 90s or 70s were peaceful the only difference is today’s kids have access to more information. This means that understanding adolescents today is a bit complex, look at it from this perspective, your child can develop PTSD just by watching the news or by watching violent things on the internet.
As a parent it is of utmost importance to learn how to handle your adolescent’s mood disorder, this will help you to raise a child who is capable of handling the 21st century in a positive way. The best way to do this is to keep your child “occupied”, my recommendation is music therapy.
Why music therapy
Music therapy helps your child to relax, it also improves memory and creativity and on top of all that it’s good for your child’s mental development. Thus it helps control adolescents mood disorder.
What happens during a music therapy session is adolescents are allowed to compose music, might be a computer or an instrument in a group. The benefit of this is it teaches your child how to relate to other people. In the long run, it will help your child build relationships that last. It will also give the child the ability to understand and control his/her emotions.
What causes mood disorders in adolescents?
You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know where it came from, for instance, your adolescent might be happy today and the next day he or she might give you the cold shoulder for no apparent reason.
There are two major causes of mood disorders in adolescents today namely, depression and anxiety. If your child is depressed the first thing you will notice is withdrawal i.e. the child will stop doing things he/she enjoys doing. The child might also show signs of sadness, academic performance may decline and the child’s sleep patterns may change. If you notice changes in your child’s behavior it is very important to solve the problem early.
This will keep it from getting worse; the best way to do this is to introduce the child to music therapy. You may be advised to put your child on antidepressants but the problem with that is antidepressants might trigger more problems such as weight gain, skin rashes, muscle ache etc.