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Teen Depression

Depression Treatment Centers For Teens

Depression treatment centers for teens help young people who struggle with depression build the coping tools they need to work through their struggles with depression. If your teen is struggling with depression, you may consider Solstice West as a therapeutic option. teen depression treatment centers

Solstice West takes a whole-person perspective when it comes to helping teens with depression. We utilize two of the most effective therapies for depression: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). These therapies can be used in tandem to work on shifting the underlying core beliefs (CBT) while also practicing effective coping skills (DBT).

This combination is very successful at improving their mood and challenging negative self talk. Solstice West also offers adventure therapy to help students gain self-esteem and gets students moving and having fun! The mind-body connection is another an important consideration when treating depression. Our daily mindfulness practices and weekly yoga improve self-awareness and work to decrease depressive symptoms.

What are the causes of depression in teens?

Depression can often begin in the teens and can be caused by a number of factors. While all teens are at risk for becoming depressed, girls are three times more likely than boys to be diagnosed with depression. Excessive social media use can further exacerbate depressive symptoms, as teens are tend to become increasingly isolated while using social media. 

Just as depression in adults can have a number of causes, depression in teens is no different. Here are some of the factors that could contribute to your teen’s depression:

  • Stressful life events: This includes events such as divorce, moving, or the death of a loved one (including a pet).
  • Genetics/Biology: Research shows that depression has a tendency to run in families. Understanding your family mental health history could provide some insight into this potential risk factor. At the same time, lack of family history does not preclude an individual from developing depression.
  • Social situation/family circumstances: Bullying and being excluded by friends are a very real and painful experience for teens. Substance abuse or verbal/emotional abuse within the family systems could also trigger depression.
  • Medications/Illegal Drug Use: Some legal medications (for example, stimulants and hormonal birth control) can cause depressive symptoms and certain illegals drugs can also have the same effect.

What are signs and symptoms of depression in teens?

Depression symptoms in teens can look similar to symptoms that adults experience. Depression is characterized by a persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities. Other symptoms include: 

  • Sadness, irritability, feeling negative and worthless
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  • Anger
  • Poor performance or poor attendance at school
  • Feeling misunderstood and extremely sensitive
  • Using recreational drugs or alcohol
  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Self-harm or thoughts of death or suicide
  • Avoidance of social interaction

Treating Teen Depression

Sadly, 60% of adolescents do not get the depression treatment they need. Of those that do, treatment falls into two categories: therapy or medication (or a combination of the two). However, these are not the only options. Solstice West uses a variety of evidence-based approaches when working with teens that struggle with depression. By using our multidisciplinary treatment team, we have an attuned understanding of how your daughter is showing up emotionally, academically, socially, and physically.

It is important to consider all aspects of her wellbeing, because depression can interfere with an  individual’s ability to manage daily tasks, making certain self care practices crucial to treating depression effectively. As mentioned above, Solstice West uses both CBT and DBT, as well as adventure therapy to ensure a whole person approach to growth and healing.

What makes Solstice West different in treating teens with depression?

Solstice West provides a truly relationship-based program aimed at whole-person care. Your daughter is more than her diagnosis and deserves to be in a compassionate, supportive environment that offers a strengths-based approach to care. By focusing on building healthy, trusting relationships, we begin to help her experientially heal unhealthy past relationships. We can help our students understand and practice trust, while building their self-worth and ability to self-regulate. 

By developing trusting relationships, students feel safe and comfortable exploring underlying core beliefs related to their depression. This deep self-work is sometimes difficult, and students need to work with people they trust in order to access these areas of themselves.  

Solstice West believes that every person needs love, acceptance, and a sense of self-efficacy in order to heal and thrive. We focus on principles and values to access intrinsic change and motivation. By understanding students on this deeper level, we are able to work on changes that will be long-lasting and exist even after the structure of being at Solstice West is removed. Though this approach takes more time and investment, it is one we believe in and feel is worth it.  

At Solstice West, we take a holistic approach to the wellbeing of our students. This means that we approach change from the belief that humans are complex, interconnected beings with a variety of needs (social, emotional, familia, mental, physical). Therefore we strive to integrate as many components of our program as possible in an effort to create overall health and well-being. Our multidisciplinary treatment team is a wonderful example of this approach in action, as we have integrated professionals from every aspect and setting of your teen’s world at Solstice West in order to further her treatment goals, which includes working on your teen’s depression. The treatment team meets weekly to provide treatment updates, discuss appropriate interventions, and assess phase progression. Learn more about the Solstice Difference>>>

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