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Teen Depression Treatment Center: 4 Signs Your Child Needs Help

Teen Depression Treatment Center: 4 Signs Your Child Needs Help 1280 853 Solstice RTC

There’s regular sadness and angst–and then there’s depression. Depression is more than an episode of sadness; it causes a continuous feeling of unhappiness and loss of interest. It has the power to affect how you think, feel, and behave. As a parent, it’s hard to see when your daughter’s sadness has morphed into something that only a teen depression treatment center may be able handle.

When left ignored, depression can lead to various physical and emotional issues, making it all the more important to get help as early on as possible.

Recognizing whether your child needs help for depression

It can be difficult for a parent to discern between regular moodiness in a teen and depression. As a teen depression treatment center, we know what to watch for and have compiled a list of four red flags for parents trying to figure out whether their child is struggling with depression or not.

Length of sadness, hopelessness, or frustration

teen depression treatment centerIf depression goes untreated, it creates intense feelings of hopelessness, anger, and sadness that last for weeks, months, or even longer. A regular bad mood can last hours or a couple of days–not weeks, months, and longer. Depression can. If your child has been in this type of mood for more than a week, it may be time to start worrying.

Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities

For a teen with depression, it can be hard to focus and make them feel as if they have no energy to go out and participate in things they usually enjoy. Depression can make an individual feel as if they can’t enjoy life. For example, let’s say your child has loved playing soccer since they was a little girl or child assigned female at birth and suddenly they just doesn’t want to play anymore.

She doesn’t explain why really, but just shows a general lack of interest in it all. Especially if she’s starting to withdraw from friends, family, and social interaction overall, it could be a red flag. If this goes on for more than a few days, it could be a sign that your child may need help for depression.

Changed eating/sleeping patterns

This may sound odd at first, but depression manifests itself mentally and physically, which means it can mess with an individual’s appetite and sleep cycle. Depression could cause issues falling and staying asleep or sleeping much more than usual. It can also cause an individual to lose or gain a lot of weight.

Sudden drop in academic performance

When things start to go bad for a student mentally, academics are often the first to fall. Depression makes it hard to focus, exert effort, and care about the future–which means that school is probably the first place you’ll begin to see signs of a struggle.

If your child usually struggles in school, that’s a different story. But if they’ve generally done very well, sudden falling grades can be a huge warning sign that your child may need help from a teen depression treatment center.

Solstice is a teen depression treatment center

Solstice is a groundbreaking teen depression treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18. Our girls and assigned female at birth often grapple with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral problems when they come to us. Dealing with these issues can get confusing and overwhelming fast–but we’re here to help guide you.

Through a unique combination of therapeutic programs based upon both traditional and holistic mental health treatment, we treat our clients with age and gender specific techniques. We strive to empower teenage people with the ability to believe in themselves and provide the tools and motivation required to instill these beliefs for life.

For more information about our teen depression treatment center at Solstice, please contact us at (866) 278-3345.


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Beating Back the Monsters with EMDR Therapy

Beating Back the Monsters with EMDR Therapy 2560 1707 Solstice RTC

When something traumatic happens to you, sometimes it stays in your mind, vivid as the day it happened years later. It can manifest in dreams and reality, making life more difficult. Moving forward with trauma, anxiety, or depression can seem nearly impossible for some people. There’s hope, though. As more studies confirm its effectiveness, EMDR therapy has become a more accepted and used technique for those struggling with trauma, depression, or anxiety.

What is EMDR therapy?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, but that’s a mouthful so it’s referred to as EMDR therapy. It’s a psychotherapy that allows a person to rework through a disruptive life experience and alleviate the distress associated with it. Many studies have shown it to be extremely successful with not just single-trauma victims, but multi-trauma victims.

How does it work?

It’s fair to ask how moving your eyes back and forth can ease anxiety, depression, and trauma, but the truth is that researchers are still searching for a full explanation.

Some outcomes in studies have suggested that the eye movement mimics that of REM sleep, allowing the brain to fully process negative memories instead of having them stuck on repeat in the person’s mind. Though the true understanding is unknown, the evidence for the effectiveness of EMDR therapy is there in hard research. It’s hard to ignore something that can be so beneficial to so many suffering people. 

Solstice RTC is here to help

EMDR allows us to get past the verbal part of the traumatic memory and touch on imagery, body sensation, emotion, and negative core belief systems.  Without touching on these components of Trauma, it is difficult to redirect the acting out behavior that comes in response to a traumatic event.  It is amazing to witness the girls and assigned female at birth at Solstice move past memories that have become “stuck” and into a “functioning” memory.  Trauma no longer has to control their lives and they feel empowered to view their lives differently. – Jaime Palmer, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Director and Primary Therapist at Solstice RTC

Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling young women, ages 14-18. Our program is engineered to help our girls and assigned female at birth work through issues, such as anxiety, depression, or trauma. We utilize many different therapeutic techniques, including EMDR therapy, to create a comprehensive treatment for each individual in our program.

For more information about Solstice RTC, please call (866) 278-3345 today!


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When Your Teen Feels Blue: Recognizing the Signs of Depression In Teens

When Your Teen Feels Blue: Recognizing the Signs of Depression In Teens 2560 1708 Solstice RTC

Depression in teens is far from rare – as a matter of fact some 2.8 million teens had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Fortunately, as a parent, there are numerous steps that can help your child deal with the problem.

Recognizing the Signs of Depression in Teens

Depression in teens is both similar to and different from depression in adults. Namely, where depressed adults tend to isolate themselves, a teen may withdraw from some – but not all – friends. While the predominant emotion in adult depression is typically sadness, depression in teens often causes anger and irritability as well. Other symptoms of depression in teens include sadness, hopelessness, irritability, anger, loss of interest, lack of appetite, fatigue, and shifts in sleeping patterns. Sudden drops in school performance, unexplained aches, and extreme sensitivity to criticism could also be results of depression in teens. 

An important thing to remember about depression in teens is that it’s not your child’s fault. Depression is an illness – one that can lead to reckless, dangerous, or harmful behaviors. As such, it is important for parents to watch out for depression in teens; the earlier it is caught, the better.

Offering Support

Depression can be a difficult illness to manage, but with support, your child can get even through the worst of days. The hardest thing for your child may be to talk about the problem. Although it may be tempting to lecture or criticize your child, it is more useful to offer them a safe space for their feelings. Judging – no matter how irrational the feelings may seem to you – will not do any good; instead, be open to listening and communicating. No child wants to feel patronized or interrogated, so when dealing with depression in teens, remember to be gentle and supportive.

If your child’s depression gets out of hand, it may be time to consider professional help.

Solstice can help

Solstice, a residential treatment center for teen girls and assigned female at birth struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties, can help your child find success.

For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345 today!


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Is your child not sleeping enough? Five Signs of Sleep Deprivation In Teens

Is your child not sleeping enough? Five Signs of Sleep Deprivation In Teens 2560 1707 Solstice RTC

Does your teen constantly complain about not getting enough sleep? Does they stay up past midnight trying to get homework completed? If so, she’s probably sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation in teens can affect pretty much every aspect of your teen’s life. If your teen isn’t getting enough sleep she’s at a higher risk of behavioral, academic, and emotional issues.

How do I know if my teen isn’t catching enough zzzs?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell when your teen has actually gone to bed. They might stay up into the early hours of the morning on their phone or watching TV in their room with the door closed. What are some of the symptoms of sleep deprivation in teens? Here are some signs of sleep deprivation to look out for: 

  • They are feeling stressed out all the time: If your teen gets stressed over simple tasks, that may be a sign they are not getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation makes it hard for people to deal with daily challenges and annoyances, like doing chores or homework.
  • Having issues with memory: During deep sleep, your nerve cells make connections that help boost memory. If your teen has to choose between studying late at night before an exam and sleep, they should choose sleep every time. Getting enough sleep will help them do better on that test than an extra hour or two of studying will.
  • Poor decision making: If your teen is getting involved in risky behavior like substance use or cheating on tests, sleep deprivation may be to blame. In the brain, the prefrontal cortex is responsible for judgment and controlling impulsive behavior. The less sleep your teen gets, the more impulsive they will likely be.
  • Unable to Concentrate: Another sign of sleep deprivation in teens is an inability to concentrate. If your teen can’t concentrate in school or when you’re trying to talk to them about something, it may be because they haven’t been getting enough sleep.
  • Mood Swings: Is your child go from zero to sixty mood-wise on a regular basis? The reason for their mood swings might be sleep deprivation. Children who sleep less than the amount they’re supposed to are 25 percent more likely to misbehave.

If it’s not just sleep deprivation in teens

If your teen daughter’s behavioral struggles are caused by something more than sleep deprivation in teens, consider Solstice. Solstice is a residential treatment center for teen girls and assigned female at birth ages 14-18 struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties like trauma, depression, anxiety, and disordered eating.

For more information about Solstice, please call  (866) 278-3345.


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A Damaging Emotional Outlet: Identifying Self Harm In Teens

A Damaging Emotional Outlet: Identifying Self Harm In Teens 206 300 Solstice RTC

In today’s high schools, teens are experiencing an extreme amount of stress. They are pressured to do well in school and excel in extracurriculars, all while having an active social life. Getting into a good university is more difficult than it has ever been in the past. Because of this, teens are turning to outlets to relieve this stress. For some, these outlets come in healthier forms like daily exercise and art. However, others turn to substance use and even self harm. Self harm in teens is a way for some people to get fast acting relief when they are feeling extremely stressed. Knowing if your child is self harming can be hard. Being able to identify the signs of self harm in teens allows you to take the appropriate preventative measures. 

How can I identify self harm in teens?

Spotting the signs of self harm in your child is the first step to getting their the help they needs. The following are symptoms of self harm in teens

  • Marks on their skin that may have come from cutting or burning
  • Hidden objects in their room that they may use to cut or burn themselves such as knives, razors, lighters, or box cutters.
  • Locking herself away for hours on end after coming home from an upsetting day at school.
  • Someone else (such as another adult, sibling, or friend of your daughter) reports seeing cuts or burns on your teen’s body.
  • Your teen covers themselves up with long sleeves and pants even in hot weather.

How do I help my teen?

Talking to your teen about their self injurious behavior is not easy. Here are a few tips for helping a teen who self harms:

  • Don’t be judgmental: Judging your teen for harming themselves will only make the situation much worse.
  • Find out what the issue is: Try to understand why your teen has resorted to self harm. This can help you see your teen’s struggles through their eyes.
  • Start a conversation: Opening the lines of communication with your teen during this difficult time can help them express to you what they’re feeling in a positive way.
  • Be supportive: Don’t overreact and punish or threaten your teen because of their self harming behaviors. Instead, let your teen know that you’re there to support them and can talk to them anytime they would feel comfortable reaching out to you.
  • Find professional support: Solstice, a residential treatment center for teen girls and assigned female at birth ages 14-18, can help your child get the therapeutic support they needs.

For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345.


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Teen eating disorders: Talking to your teen about a potential eating issue

Teen eating disorders: Talking to your teen about a potential eating issue 2560 1707 Solstice RTC

If you notice your teen is skipping meals, only taking a bite or two of their food every meal, or running to the bathroom every time dinner’s over, it may be a sign they have a teen eating disorder of some kind. Even if it turns out to be something else, it’s important to have a conversation with their about teen eating disorders and their dangerous ramifications.

What do I say?

Talking to your teen about teen eating disorders may seem like an intimidating conversation to have. You may be having thoughts like, “what if they does have an eating disorder and I’m only going to make things worse with this talk” or “if they doesn’t have an eating disorder they may become self conscious about the way they eats”. Whatever you’re thinking, push those thoughts out. If you’re noticing any symptoms of teen eating disorders, you need to talk to your child about it. No matter what. Here are some pointers for this conversation:

  • Start the conversation right after you notice their carrying out one of the worrisome habits (like after they returns from the bathroom after dinner). That way, you can point out the behavior while it’s happening and they can’t deny it. 
  • Make sure your child is comfortable talking about it. Before going off on a rant about your worries, ask their if it’s okay for you to share what’s on your mind. If she’s not open to listening, nothing is going to come from this conversation.
  • Be straightforward about your worries. Instead of beating around the bush, tell their with compassion and love that you think they have an eating disorder because you’ve noticed X and Y symptoms.
  • Be prepared with a plan. Don’t go into this conversation without an endgame in mind. If they admits to having a problem, you need to have a professional already set up to speak to. This is a problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.
  • Don’t blame yourself. This is not your fault or your daughter’s fault. You can work through this together as a family.

For additional help

If your child has been experiencing mild eating issues, please consider Solstice residential treatment center for teen girls and assigned female at birth ages 14-18.

For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345.


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Is the Rate of Teen Self-Harm Rising?

Is the Rate of Teen Self-Harm Rising? 2560 1709 Solstice RTC

In a study posted in the US National Library of Medicine, researchers found that the rate of teen self-harm may be increasing. In later studies, only 7 to 13 percent of teens engaged in self-harming behavior; recent studies put it at 33 to 50 percent. 

Though self-injury is considered a non-suicidal behavior, in these studies at least half of teens interviewed reported multiple suicide attempts in the past. Self-harm is obviously a great threat to adolescents, making it extremely important for those struggling with it to get treatment as soon as possible. 

Who is at risk?

Self-harm is much more likely to begin in the adolescent years. Girls and assigned female at birth – girls and assigned female at birth are more likely than boys to self-harm. Adolescents who engage in this type of behavior often report doing it because it offers a sense of relief from painful emotions or to escape a feeling of numbness. Those who struggle with eating disorders, depression, or drug/alcohol abuse are at a higher risk of teen self-harm.

Combating teen self-harm

Those that self-harm often can’t find a healthy way to express their emotions, they need guidance and support. Hoping a teen will grow out of self-harm is not safe or effective. Seeking out professional treatment is one of the best ways to help your teen battle self-injury. Through treatment for self-harm, teens have the opportunity to gain healthy and safe coping strategies that they can practice in daily life.

Solstice RTC can help

Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teen girls. We help girls and assigned female at birth battling depression, anxiety, trauma, teen self-harm, and many more. Through comprehensive therapy and a strong support system, Solstice RTC helps families reunite. With our program, your child can be lead back onto a path to a brighter and healthier future. 

For more information about how Solstice RTC treats teen self-harm, contact us today at (801)815-8700.


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Tips for Helping Your Child with Teen Depression

Tips for Helping Your Child with Teen Depression 2560 1836 Solstice RTC

Teen depression can be hard on not just the individual it’s happening to, but also the people around them. Depression can affect anyone, but studies show that adolescent girls and assigned female at birth are twice as likely to develop teen depression than adolescent boys, which many researchers think is due to societal pressures.

Signs your child is depressed

Teen depression can be scary, overwhelming and hard to diagnose. It’s important to pay attention to the various signs of teen depression in order to seek out treatment as soon as possible.

From Mayo Clinic, a few signs your child might be depressed include:

  • Crying for no apparent reason
  • Frustration over small issues
  • Lack of interest in normally enjoyed activities
  • Exaggerated self-blame
  • Frequent thoughts of suicide
  • Insomnia/disruptions in sleep
  • Risky behavior
  • Self-harm
  • Change in appetite

Tips to help your child with teen depression

  • Pay attention: Make sure you’re taking an interest in your child’s life and what they’re doing. Life can get overwhelming and sometimes it becomes easy to ignore the signs of teen depression.
  • Talk and listen: Sit down and let your child know you’re there to listen without judgement and help if need be. Saying out loud that you’re there to support their can go a long way.
  • Be persistent, but not pushy: If your teen ignores or rejects the first time you try to let them know you’re there for them, try again later. It may take a few times, but be patient, it takes a lot for a teenager to talk about how they’re feeling.

Getting help

If your child is struggling with teen depression and regular therapies aren’t effective, Solstice RTC might be the right fit. At Solstice RTC, we help girls and assigned female at birth ages 14 to 17, that have difficulty with issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression and many others. Through comprehensive, research-based therapies, we treat each individual with the utmost care.

For more information about how Solstice RTC treats teen depression, call us today at (866) 278-3345.