One of top questions parents ask me is, "How do I know if my child's depressed?" And that's a very difficult one to answer because many teens, including myself, don't vocalize their feelings, especially us guys.
You can find a symptom list here, but let me go a bit deeper and elaborate about the small things that can tip you off.
If you haven't heard already, I was interviewed by one of the top business podcasts online, Entrepreneur on Fire! You can find the episode here. I had a great time chatting with the host, John Lee Dumas (aka JLD), and I want to share with you my biggest takeaways from the interview.
The following is a message I received from a 19-year-old young woman who asked me to share it with all of you:
"I just want to thank you for writing this blog and for sharing your story. It gives me hope for my life. I’m just about to finish my freshman year at [college], and it’s been super rough. You probably don’t care about my story, but I don't know where else to share it. I won’t get too detailed, but I was assaulted by someone who was very close to me.
Imagine you're in an enclosed football stadium. All's well until everyone leaves and the lights slowly dim until you're in total darkness.
Now you're alone. It's pitch black. You're trapped.
I struggle. You struggle. Everyone struggles. Maybe we all have different weaknesses, but we all have at least one major cross to bear. And one thing that helped me during my journey into recovery was having someone to talk to. Someone who I could say anything I wanted to, and they would just keep on loving me no matter what.