How We Help with Depression
Jacob was always a confident, outgoing child growing up, but recently things have changed. He’s increasingly reclusive, and doesn’t want to do much of anything. His teachers have reported that he seems disinterested in class curriculum, but isn’t disruptive in class either.
In fact, he’s mostly a loner and doesn’t talk to his peers much at all. Although his parents have tried repeatedly to talk with Jacob about these issues, he doesn’t respond much, and keeps asking to return to his bedroom until they eventually give up. They know something is wrong, but aren’t sure what to do.
It may be difficult to tell the difference between teenage depression and typical mood changes associated with adolescence, but it is important to pay attention to red flags in your teen’s behavior if you suspect he or she may be struggling with mental or behavioral health issues.
Depression in youth may manifest in ways one would expect, such as persistent sadness, feelings of despair or worthlessness, loss of interest in activities that once were fulfilling, and disengagement from school, sports, and other social activities. There are also many lesser-known symptoms that your child may display, such as persistent anger, irritable behavior, difficulty with concentration, or physical symptoms such as unexplained aches and pains.
For young adults, depression may be reflected in lack of motivation or direction. Commonly depressed young adults are struggling with purpose and lack academic measures to demonstrate progress. This perceived lack of success can create a downward trajectory and lead to a young adult who simply does not “start” with life.
With the struggles of adapting to the physical and social changes of adolescence, as well as trying to meet the expectations of parents, teachers, and peers all while forming their own identity, teens are particularly susceptible to depression. With the help of professionals and loved ones, depression and associated symptoms are treatable and healthy changes can be made that will lead to ongoing success.
How We Can Help
Family Help and Wellness offers incredible experiential programs to lift self-esteem and decrease depression in the youth we serve. Program participants have the opportunity to engage in recreational activities ranging from snow skiing to camping, rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, white water rafting, as well as learn survival and mountaineering skills.
Youth who thought they’d never be able to accomplish such feats find themselves bursting with pride after facing and overcoming challenges, and carry that confidence with them for years to come. After returning home, they’re less hesitant to tackle challenges, and able to transfer skills learned in the wilderness to everyday life, making them more successful at home, school, and other previously difficult settings. Our highly skilled clinicians work individually with participants, as well as in group settings, to unlearn faulty cognitions, confront unhealthy beliefs and actions, and support newfound courage.
Therapeutic modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), combined CBT with medication (if needed), client-centered therapy to include journaling, relaxation techniques, equine therapy and Family Therapy.
Depression is defined as a mood changing disorder that can cause an unending feeling of loss of interest and/or unhappiness. Clinical depression or major depressive disorder changes a person’s feeling, thinking, and behavior. It can cause a large variety of psychological and/or physical problems. An individual with depression will most probably experience issues while carrying out routine activities and feel hopeless. Read More
SIGNS YOUR CHILD MAY HAVE
- Feelings of Sadness
- Changes in Appetite
- Sleep Disturbances
- Lack of Energy
- Angry Outbursts
- Loss of Interest
- School Refusal