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Teen Modelling and Depression
Teenage depression isn't just a case of bad moods and the bout of occasional melancholy. To be a teen model dealing with depression could mean having too much pressure put on such young shoulders. It's a serious problem which impacts every aspect of the teenager's life and can also lead to problems at home and at school, as well as within their modelling circle. It can also lead to drug abuse and self loathing and even violence or suicide for some.
If you are concerned parents, teacher or friends, there are many ways you can help your teen model and talking about the problem and offering support can go a long way toward your teenager getting back to have they used to be.
There are many misconceptions about teen model depression as there are about teenagers in general. The teenage years are tough for anyone, but most teenagers balance this angst with good friendships, success in school or their modelling career and the development of their own personality and strong sense of self worth. The occasional bad mood is to be expected for any teen model. Depression is something very different. It can put on the model an overwhelming sense of sadness, anger and despair and it can destroy the very essence of your teenager's personality.
Depression strikes teenagers far more often than most people think. And although depression is highly treatable, unlike adults, who have the ability to seek assistance on their own, teen models usually rely on parents, teachers or perhaps their chaperones to recognise that they are suffering and to get them the treatment they need.
It's very important to learn what teen modelling depression looks like and what to do if you spot the warning signs as a parent or guardian of someone who is suffering. We have highlighted a lot of signs and symptoms of depression in teen models and hope this will help you see some of the signs before it spirals out of control.
If a teenager suffers from depression it can cause low energy and concentration difficulties and at school, this may lead to poor attendance or a drop in their grades. Some teen models run away from home or talk about running away. Such attempts are usually a cry for help, but lots still do it and some are never found. Teens may use alcohol or drugs in an attempt to self-medicate their depression but unfortunately substance abuse only makes things worse.
Depression can trigger feelings of ugliness, shame, failure and unworthiness and a lot of teens may go online to escape their problems. This won't help either, because it will only exacerbate their feelings of isolation. Some teen models indulge in reckless behaviour or high risk behaviour such as reckless driving, out of control drinking or practising unsafe sex. Some depressed teens, usually boys who are the victims of model bullying, become violent themselves and self-hatred and a wish to die. These feelings erupt spectacularly into violence and rage.
If teen models get really depressed then they can also feel that life is no longer living and want to end it all. It is important to recognise suicide warning signs in teen models to spot them before they do anything bad.