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How You Can Help Your Child Eliminate Depression

In the video below I'm going to teach you:

  1. The REAL reason your child is depressed (and it's not what you think).
  2. Why you just can't seem to help him or her be happy, no matter what you do.
  3. What you can do to ELIMINATE—not just manage—the depression, almost always without medication. Really.
  4. How you can replace depression with genuine peace and happiness in your child.

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Do You Have a Child Who is Depresssed or "Down"?

Look for the Signs.

Do you have a child you suspect might be depressed?

Do you know the signs of childhood depression? Or teenage depression?

Look for the following behaviors or conditions in your child.

Ask yourself if you see them on a persistent and chronic basis:

  • Depressed mood. They just seem “down,” often for no apparent reason, with no external cause. Sometimes they complain about “things” being wrong, but their depression is bigger and more constant than the things they point out.
  • Loss of interest. Have they just lost interest in the activities they used to enjoy?
  • Less energy. Do you see decreased energy, like everything they do is an effort, like they’re walking waist deep in water? 
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness. You might see more than usual feelings of guilt or worthlessness—perhaps said in the common phrase, “I can’t do anything right.”
  • Feeling helpless. Children with depression mostly feel helpless, which they express by making excuses and saying “they couldn’t help it.”
  • Pessimism. You might sense pessimism, that nothing works out for them, accompanied by sneering and shrugging of their shoulders.
  • Hopelessness. Hopelessness is seen in a lack of interest in trying, sometimes with the words, “What does it matter?” or “Who cares?”
  • Sleep problems. Do they have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep? Or do they sleep all day?
  • Trouble concentrating. Does he or she have difficulty concentrating on homework, or listening to a conversation, or paying attention to anything for long?
  • Over-reacting. They might seem agitated and irritable, over-reacting to the smallest events or              comments.
  • Change in appetite. Is there a change in appetite, either more or less?
  • Sad. If you took pictures of him or her during the day, would the labels you wrote say, “Sad”?
  • Fearful. Their face will often radiate a sense of persistent emotional pain. You might call it empty or fearful or anxious.
  • Chronic complaints. Do you hear about frequent and chronic aches and pains, headaches, cramps, and digestive problems that don’t resolve with treatment?
  • Discouraged. Do you hear common expressions of discouragement? Like “Why try?” or “What good will it do?” 
  • Suicidal thoughts. You might hear thoughts of suicide. You might hear them comment with empathy about a suicide in a movie, perhaps with a comment like, “Yeah, that’s a way out.”
  • Disconnected. Are they disconnecting from the family, friends, and other people?
  • Stay indoors. Do they not care about getting out in nature anymore, where they used to love it?
  • Emotional deadness. They might not express their feelings at all, a kind of emotional deadness.
  • Loss of interest in religion. Do they disconnect from their usual religious, or moral, or political values?
  • Quit caring. Do most things just “not matter” to them anymore? Have they quit caring?
  • No hope. Do you hear no expressions of plans for the future, or hope for things to get better?

If you see any of these signs—or a lot of them—this can be pretty scary. Children or teens with depression are a cause for real concern. They’re difficult to be around and hard to reach.

It’s like your child is slowly disappearing into an empty world. You’re worried.

What would you give to have a happy child back? What would you give to find a solution for your child's depression? 

There IS a Solution—How to Help a Child with Depression

I’m here to tell you that there IS a solution, and we’re not talking about controlling or minimizing the symptoms of depression. That’s not nearly enough.

We’re talking about a real transformation where your child becomes truly happy, fulfilled, responsible, and, well, a human being again—almost always without the use of medications, which have a long list of their own problems.

In most cases, what you get is a child much happier than they were before they began to be depressed.

Welcome to the answers you've been hoping for.

For a long time now, you’ve been looking for ways to help your child. I greatly admire what you’re doing right now. You’re looking for answers, you’re trying to love and help your child, which is way more than most parents do. And finally, you’re in the right place.

You've Been Desperately Looking for Help with Your Depressed Child

It’s like you’ve been paddling around in the middle of the ocean, desperately looking for help, and now—almost unbelievably—it’s here. This is the ship you’ve been looking for.

How could I possibly make such an extravagant promise? Because I KNOW how to teach parents how to help their children be happy.

I know how to help children who are depressed. What I teach has been used by uncounted THOUSANDS of parents, and it works CONSISTENTLY.

I’m not trying to sell you something here that we’re GOING to do. You don’t have to wait. The training begins right now. In the next few seconds, I’ll be teaching you things about your children and yourselves that you’ve never known.

I repeat:

I’m not here to tell you ABOUT what I’m offering you. I’m beginning now to GIVE you what you need. It’s my gift to you, whether you continue with me or not.

What a relief to know that right now you’re exactly where you’ve wanted to be. You can learn what you need to learn. Finally, you can feel encouraged. You can feel hope. You can help your child with depression. And I’m going to help you do that.

Your Child is Depressed,

and You Want to Do something About It

You would not be here unless two things were true: 

(1) you have a child who seems depressed, or has been diagnosed definitively with childhood or teen depression; 

AND

(2) you care enough to do something about it. Good sign.

I know you’ve tried to change things: lots of talking and attempts to lift their spirits, maybe counseling, certainly lots of ideas from books and programs, encouragement, a ton of worrying on your part, and maybe medication. But your child is still depressed. And you’re frustrated and tired

You’ve been looking for something that works, and here it is: principles that have proven to work hundreds of thousands of times all over the world. If parents are thoroughly committed to learning and practicing what I’m going to share with you, predictably I see children lose their depression (it just goes away), and instead they become happy—even after everything else has failed. You become happy too.

It is not hopeless.

I’m here to help you, and I’ll be using the insight and experience of counseling with thousands of parents, and from writing 20 books and endless articles on the subject, as well as appearing on 1600 radio and television shows and presenting seminars all around the world—and much more.

You are about to change the world around you, and you don’t have to do it alone, which is miserable and frustrating. You’ve already proven that with your own experience.

What You Will Learn That You Don’t Already Know About Depressed Children

So now the question that has to be on your mind: what am I going to teach you about childhood depression or teen depression that you don’t already know? 

What am I going to say that you haven’t already read in a parenting book or heard from a program somewhere?

This is going to be revolutionary for you to hear, so slow down your brain and listen with your soul:

 What does a child NEED more than anything else? After food, water, and air, the answer is SO obvious, and yet we keep missing it—over and over.

Father holding a baby

To see the answer, let’s start with an infant. When an infant cries—other than from obvious physical pain—what does he want? You already know, because you just pick him up. You’re pretty smart. You already know that every child wants to feel cared for. Every child wants to feel LOVED. 

Happy baby grinning.

Picking them up and holding them is just a demonstration of that. And if you’re genuine in caring about them, they FEEL it.

But infants are relatively easy to love. They smile and melt your heart, make cute little noises, and laugh in ways we never hear anywhere else. They’re adorable. 

child crying in car

But when they get older, they learn to spill things, make messes, ferociously say NO when you tell them what to do, scream in their car seat, fight with their siblings, refuse to listen to you, say ugly and hateful things to you and other people . . . and sometimes just give up and get depressed

Depressed Child sitting sadly on a bench, head bowed.

They learn quite a list of behaviors that make them a LOT harder to love, and when that happens, we really don’t know what to do. Usually we try to control their behavior—and we might even temporarily succeed—but it doesn’t last, and we end up with kids who are still depressed and unhappy. We’re not so happy either.

Loving Your Children Unconditionally

Let me say this another way:

If our children become more difficult to love as their behavior changes, that proves we don’t know how to love them UNCONDITIONALLY.

If we loved them unconditionally, we’d love them no matter what.

But if loving them becomes more difficult when they’re difficult—whining, arguing, fighting, withdrawing, even depressed—our love is conditional.

Unconditional love or Real Love means caring about another person without wanting anything from them in return, but we DO expect something in return for the “love” we give our children: respect, cooperation, gratitude, and a certain level of reasonable and relatively easy behavior, which they can’t do while depressed.

The Real Effect of Anger and Disappointment

Now more about unconditional love: That kind of love would mean that our love would not be affected by what they do. That’s what unconditional love means.

But we really don’t know how to do that. How do I know? We PROVE it every time we become angry, or disappointed, or impatient, or irritated at them. Our anger and disappointment and frustration are undeniable PROOF that our love is not unconditional.

Deep inside, you know that what I’m saying is true, but let me demonstrate further: When other people are angry at YOU, do YOU like it? NO, you don’t. Not ever. Nobody does. When other people are angry at us, or when we’re angry at other people, we’re all saying, “Look at what you did to ME, or failed to do FOR ME.”

When we're angry, we’re focused on OURSELVES—Me-Me-Me—and in that moment other people—notably our children—hear only four words, “I don’t love you.” When we’re angry, we’re far too occupied with ourselves to unconditionally love another person.  

I repeat:

Anger= I don't love you.

I promise you that this is true.

No, we don’t MEAN to say that, but what else COULD people hear while our words, tone, and behavior are screaming ME-ME-ME? “I don’t love you” is what YOU hear and FEEL when people are angry at you—think about it honestly—and it’s what our children hear and feel when we’re angry at them. And then we have an anxious child or anxious teenager.

It’s little wonder that they respond with their own anger.

Again, we do NOT mean to do this. We do not mean to hurt our children.

But it was inevitable, because WE were not loved unconditionally—which means being consistently loved without disappointment or anger. We were not loved freely, without conditions—so how could we possibly have learned how to unconditionally love our own children? IMPOSSIBLE.

Nobody is to blame. Our ignorance of Real Love simply perpetuated over generations. We don’t know how to love unconditionally because we’ve never seen it or felt it with any consistency.

Childhood and Teenage Depression is a Reaction to Not Being Loved Unconditionally

For emphasis, I’m going to say all this in a slightly different way:

When children are depressed, it is almost always a reaction to them not feeling loved unconditionally—loved with no disappointment, irritation, frustration, or anger.

This could sound discouraging, even bleak. In some ways it IS bleak. Look at the world—at the utter obsession with things that are distractions from our pain, from our not feeling loved: like endless entertainment, addiction to electronics, anger, controlling people, drugs, alcohol, sex, and on and on.

THERE is the proof—in our addiction to all those behaviors—that overall we do not know how to love people unconditionally. If we did, and I speak here with vast experience, these behaviors would not exist.

Children and Teenagers Who are Loved Unconditionally Don't Feel Depressed

I’ve been teaching unconditional love now for so many years to so many parents that I can tell you this with complete certainty: When a child truly feels loved unconditionally, he or she DOES NOT get depressed.

Instead they’re HAPPY—and responsible, and have all those qualities you wish they had.

With sufficient love, there is simply no NEED to feel sad, low, discouraged, or depressed. Happy people don’t feel bad or behave badly. Period. Full stop. It seems almost like this statement is too broad, too much. It’s not.

Why You're Not succeeding in Helping Your Children with Depression

How many times have you wondered why a child isn’t hearing what you’re saying? There’s an answer, and here it is: Because when you’re irritated, your child hears only “I don’t love you,” and that is so devastating, that he or she hears none of the rest of the content of what you say.

So THAT is what I'll be teaching you:

How to LOVE your children unconditionally,

which then gives them a REASON to LISTEN to you.

If you love them unconditionally, they can HEAR you —what you’re really saying—because they’re not distracted by their fear, not blinded and deafened by the “I don’t love you” message. Then it becomes possible for you to teach them anything—like how to be loving and responsible themselves.

And if they have that powerful trifecta—they feel loved, and they are loving and responsiblethey are guaranteed to be happy, which is the ultimate goal for any parent, or, frankly, any person.

Your Depressed Children Can Learn to Be Happy

Your children can learn that being happy—which includes being loving and responsible—feels way better than feeling anxious. And they will consistently choose happiness.

Take my hand, and we’ll talk about what you can do—and how I will support you. It will almost be like starting over in parenting. You’re going to LEARN how to be a real parent, and your child will learn the lessons of life that will benefit him or her for the rest of their lives.

If you implement what you learn here, and if you do it consistently, you simply will not believe the differences you’ll see in your child, and in you, and in your family.

Imagine it: 

no more depression,

no more sadness, 

no more withdrawal from the family,

no more loss of interest in everything,

no more expressions of futility and giving up

no more ugly words,

no more tension in the family.

It’s astonishing to see and to feel. Our children are not bad. We’re not bad. We just have not known how to love and teach them.

Loving and Teaching Eliminates Depression in Children

What we’re doing to help our kids with their depression IS NOT WORKING.

Loving and teaching them does.

Rarely is it too late to change whatever unproductive behaviors you’re dealing with, not if you’re really willing to learn and to apply these principles to the interactions with your child. I can promise you, learning how to be a parent is WORTH IT.

You’re about to learn how to ELIMINATE the depression, withdrawal, anxiety, and other behaviors in your children that are hurting them and making you crazy. Really. 

I make you another promise:

Learning to be a loving, effective parent is EASIER than everything else you’ve done as a parent.

Transforming, Not Managing Your Children

We’re really going to get into this. This is not a casual effort. We’re not looking to make your children more manageable. That’s not even close to being enough.

Our mission is to help you to become a powerful and effective parent, and to help your child feel loved, and to be loving, responsible, and genuinely happy. It’s a transformation.

If you ARE truly committed to learning how to parent, I’M fully committed to teach you, and I will bring resources to the table you never thought about. The rewards are spectacular—as we have seen in uncounted thousands of families.

There is not a single thing you’ll ever do that will ring through the ages more powerfully than being a loving and effective parent.

You can do this, so let’s learn some more. 

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Meet Your Instructor, Greg Baer M.D.

Greg Baer M.D. has written and produced more than twenty books, CDs, and DVDs on the subjects of unconditional love (Real Love), relationships, dating, marriage, parenting, conflict resolution and rehabilitation, which have been translated into many languages and sold to millions worldwide. He is considered an international expert on these subjects.

He counsels individuals, couples, families, and corporations from all over the world.

He trains psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage therapists, and coaches worldwide who have discovered that traditional therapy is grossly ineffective. He teaches them how they can make a real and lasting difference in the individual happiness of their clients and in the ability of their clients to participate in fulfilling relationships.

He is the Founder of the Real Love Company, a 501(C)(3)  non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of healthy relationships and conflict resolution.

He is the Director of the Real Love Corrections Program, an organization that has worked with prisoners all over the United States.

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