Depression is a sad condition for any one who suffers from the condition and it is particularly sad when a teenager is involved. A young person about to grow into adulthood is stopped in their tracks by fear, inactivity and even in some cases, self-harm. And experts are not certain as to the cause of depression just as they are not certain exactly how to treat it.
But there is some good news. There are a variety of ways to respond to depression and while it may never be removed from a troubled teen – or any sufferer for that matter – there most certainly are ways and proven ones at that in which the condition can be handled and kept under control.
A residential treatment center is highly recommended as a place to treat a troubled teen who has depression. Of course a young sufferer can be treated while living at home but the residential treatment center benefits are many.
Treatment can use drugs, therapy and counseling and sometimes two of these or even all three. It needs to be understood that there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to treating a patient with depression. Each case is unique. But by living in the treatment center, by being seen every day by various experts, the chances of finding the right medication for each patient are greatly increased.
The residential treatment centers set out to be as welcoming and as friendly as possible. They try to remind the residents of life in their own home. The furniture and decorations are friendly and settling. The staff dress in a relaxed fashion and everything is done to make the residents feel relaxed and at home. Treatment is clearly the most important aspect of each center but everything else is set up to assist in the helping and healing process.
Because of their age, teens undergo therapy in a number of fields particularly relevant to their teenage situation. Therapy in speech, socialization and career choice are relevant and important. Teens with depression can learn skills in speaking well, in mixing well and in planning for their future. One of the biggest problems with depression is the lack of drive it produces in many with the condition. By helping the teens focus on their future and by setting goals, the depression is by-passed or put aside as the resident ponders what the future will hold.
There are several aspects to depression including the important aspect of what triggers the depression. Testing on both the mental and physical health of the resident is important. If the staff members can discover what triggers depression in a teen, the therapists are better able to help the teen manage their condition. Remember it is leading a useful and rewarding life which is the goal. A teen in residence may never discover the reason why they are depressed but can certainly learn what brings on an attack.
With so many testing procedures and therapeutic and drug-related treatments available, every teen with depression is able to find something to boost their quality of life.