Social Media:Reading In Between The Lines

By: Victoria Rosa Email
By: Victoria Rosa Email

"Teenagers typically like to express themselves that way, its a little less personal and its easier for them to feel comfortable, " Drew Hayes, Therapist at Dothan Pediatric Westgate Center

But watch carefully because there are scary signs someone may be having depressing thoughts.

"If they are expressing a sense of just despair or hopelessness or worthlessness, " Rose Blakey-Phillips, Licensed Professional Counselor.

"Another counselor friend and i have intervened in a couple of those cases where we made contact with family members and said we've recognized some red flags with your loved one with some comments that have been made on Facebook".

Whats even more frightening is that depression is one of the leading causes of suicide.

"There have been a number of adolescents, even pre-teens, who have died by suicide in our area".

"So we all just need to be aware and to be conscious of what is being said on social media and pick up on that".

The best thing you can do if you notice someone acting out of the ordinary....

"Someone talking about not feeling happy anymore, feeling hopeless, feeling like they are not happy with their lives, feeling like they don't know what to do anymore," says Hayes.

"You want to encourage them, tell me more, tell me how your feeling, don't tell them oh you don't want to do that, well yeah, right at that moment they do, and that just feels like you still don't understand, " says Blakey-Phillips.

And being understanding can save a life.

There are different things that can trigger depressing thoughts in teens.
Parents getting divorced, finances or even death of a family member.


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