“He seemed honestly happy, he was really good at hiding what was going on,” Chris describes.
“We didn’t find out until later how manipulative his girlfriend was being with him. I guess he felt like he was protecting her.” Chris and Jana noticed that Michael was becoming increasingly irritable and moody.
“She was hurting herself, it turns out,” Chris reveals, “and she kept trying to get him to do it by telling him it would help him understand how she felt. We were really angry with this girl, but it was just as surprising to us that he was actually going to do it.
He’s a sensitive kid, but that just wasn’t anything he had ever tried before.
Depressive symptoms are especially likely to occur surrounding break-ups.
In fact, among adolescents who develop major depressive disorder, a break-up is the most common event that sets off the disorder.
3) Communication gap, and trying to play by the "rules." Teenage is an extremely intense stage, and often teen couples would like to remain isolated, even from their respective partners instead of communicating their feelings to each other, because 1) They themselves are confused regarding the changes they are undergoing, and don't find a proper mode of expression, and 2) They don't realise the importance of communication in a relationship, which, in fact, is the foundation of a healthy one.
Also, they want to step into the shoes of an adult, but aren’t mature or ready enough to commit, which lead to breakups. Due to the bodily changes, guys especially want to have a go at sex, which is sometimes due to peer pressure, because they see their friends do it and don't want to be left behind in the race.
Once your child starts dating, don’t stop talking to them about relationships.
First, mood swings tend to be more severe for tweens and teens in relationships than their peers.
Secondly, symptoms of depression are more common among dating adolescents than among those who are not dating.
Most parents have some fears of the day their child will start dating.
It is the big sign that they’re growing up and are entering adulthood.