What is Depression?
Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. This disorder affects how you feel, think and execute your daily activities and routine. It also has a variety forms that often overlap. Those who suffer from depression characterize it as an overwhelming feeling of emptiness and pessimism over a lengthy period of time.
What causes depression?
The most common mental illness in the United States is depression. Similarly to other mood disorders, depression is caused by wide variety of causal events. These are a combination of environmental, psychological, biological and genetic factors. All these different factors also mean depression can happen to anyone and at any age. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2015 approximately 3 million U.S. adolescents ages 12-17 suffered from depression. It is recommended that teen suffering from this mood disorder receive immediate treatment as soon as it is diagnosed. The longer depression goes untreated the more dangerous it becomes.
Signs and Symptoms
- Sad, anxious or empty moods
- Feelings of guilt, unworthiness or helplessness
- Loss of interest or passions
- Decreased energy and fatigue
- Thoughts of death, pain or suicide
- Aches, pains, cramps and digestive trouble
- Trouble sleeping or concentrating
- Loss of appetite
Our Teen Drug Rehab Program Highlights
We include several types of drug and alcohol treatment for our teen patients:
Group therapies are part of behavioral interventions designed to provide teenagers with a non-judgmental setting to discuss their substance abuse problems. These meetings give them positive social reinforcement from their peers. It also encourages them to turn their lives away from drug abuse.
This type of therapy addresses negative issues in the home environment and equips the family with skills and goals for dealing with drug abuse. Some behaviors and attitudes teens exhibit toward substance abuse can be attributed to the family’s failed behavior in key areas, such as instilling discipline, or for being substance abusers as well. Therefore, we help the entire family unite and resolve these issues.
Use of addiction treatment medication
Our on-site Medical Doctor evaluates each of our teen patients to access whether they should entertain the idea of trying medication. Our Doctor includes their parents and gives the family unit the choice to decide. Often times drug and alcohol abuse is related to other mental disorders, which is why medication can be such an aid in overcoming drug abuse.
Recovery Support Services
We will help our teen patients in every step after treatment is complete. We have staff that helps our patients find programs set up in communities or in schools for recovering teenagers, guardians and peer leaders to support one another in overcoming substance abuse problems. We also guide and encourage 12 step meetings, community engagement, volunteer opportunities, and support groups.
Please call 855-627-239 for more help.
Why get depression treatment?
Leaving depression untreated can lead to the development of other destructive habits such self-harm or substance abuse disorders. Many seek refuge in drugs and alcohol in order to escape the overwhelming presence of depression. This development of co-dependence can intensify the problems individuals face with depression. Using drugs or alcohol will only further their inability to function in society.
Learn more about other mental health disorders like depression on our mood disorder page.