Teenage depression is a serious problem. Over the years, studies have shown an increasing number of teens in the U.S. undergoing treatment for a number of mental disorders, with many of them being depression. And while Dr. Curtis Cripe of NTL Group still urges parents to take their teenagers to specialists if they notice signs and symptoms of depression in their children, he also believes that for their part, parents can help improve the situation.
Researchers have found a significant link between the prolonged use of electronic gadgets such as mobile phones and tablets to teenage depression. Several explanations arise from this such as withdrawal from the real world and the recognition of the virtual space as the real world’s replacement to cyberbullying and more. Dr. Curtis Cripe suggests that parents encourage their kids to go out and do sports and play games.
While there are a plethora of amazing benefits outdoor games and sports may have on the physical well-being of teens, taking up sports or other outdoor activities as a passion also provides invaluable advantages for their mental health. What Dr. Curtis Cripe suggests is that parents introduce their teens to activities meant for groups. For sports, there’s soccer or Ultimate Frisbee or maybe even tag football. For other activities, there’s hiking and camping.
And the best part about it? Parents can get in on the action as well, Dr. Curtis Cripe adds – for their own physical and mental benefit.
Dr. Curtis Cripe is the head of research and development at the NTL Group. The group specializes in neuroengineering programs aimed at the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders connected to head injury, depression, anxiety, memory disorders, and learning disorders. To know more about Dr. Cripe, click on this link.