Treatment Programs for Teens Experiencing Depression

Focus Depression Recovery Adolescent Residential Care

Treatment Programs for Teens Experiencing Depression

When teens are struggling with depression, bipolar, or another mood disorder, a more intense level of care can help them get the skills they need to manage emotions and behaviors that are disruptive to their lives. See the outcomes of our evidence-based care.

Residential treatment for teens

Rogers' Focus Depression Recovery adolescent residential care is led by a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and offers mental health treatment for teens ages 13 to 17 facing:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Disruptive mood regulation disorder (DMDD)
  • Co-occurring anxiety disorder (mood disorder and anxiety disorder)
  • Co-occurring non-suicidal self-injury, substance use disorders
  • Co-occurring mood disorder and other mental illnesses

A mood disorder may cause severe shifts in feelings, isolation, and loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed. Symptoms in teens vary by the disorder, but treatment is beneficial when a teen can no longer function normally at home, school or with friends.

It may not be easy and will take real work, but we can help teens build the strength and skills to overcome their challenges.

New OCD, Anxiety, and Depression Center for adolescent residential care now open on our Oconomowoc campus!

Your son or daughter will receive care at Rogers’ main hospital campus in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. While in treatment, your teen will live on site for approximately 45 to 60 days in a safe, secure environment.  

Treatment components

While in treatment, your teen will receive more than 25 hours of therapy and skills training each week. In group, individual and family sessions, he or she will use a variety of proven effective therapy components, led by behavioral activation.

This type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps re-engage your child in activities they once enjoyed. By boosting the level of activity and social interaction, his or her depressive symptoms will decrease over time.

Additional therapies include mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy, along with appropriate medication management.

Other elements of therapy include:

If you’re uneasy about enrolling your teen in residential care, experience shows the sooner he or she receives the treatment they need, the sooner they’ll get back to just being a kid again. By addressing your child’s mental health challenges early on, you’re improving their chances of living a healthy adulthood.

Here’s what a typical weekday will look .

Morning Afternoon Evening
Vitals, medicationsSupervised lunchSupervised dinner
Mindfulness practiceDBT-informed skills trainingMindfulness/check in group
Supervised breakfastExperiential therapy, art therapyRecreation
Education servicesAssignment work
Depression/anxiety management group therapy, experiential therapy
Personal wellness education, assignment time

While busy, your teen’s weekly schedule is manageable and allows time for breaks and personal activity. You and your family may visit your child on the weekends and participate in therapeutic passes. During treatment, your child will be encouraged to participate in community activities to help stimulate him or her and reduce depression.

As a parent, you play an important role in your teen’s successes both in our care and at life outside Rogers. Through Parent University, we offer you education on your child’s treatment, skills they learn and techniques they will use. Attending these educational sessions will help ease your teen’s transition home and ensures he or she receives consistent messaging.

Our multidisciplinary staff members are trained to provide individualized care for your child’s unique, complex or severe behavioral health situation. Using a team-based approach, our staff address each factor contributing to your teen’s mood disorder. During your child’s stay, you’ll remain in close contact with the treatment team.

The team includes:

  • Board-certified psychiatrist
  • Licensed clinical psychologist
  • Registered nurses
  • Primary therapist
  • Behavior specialist
  • Experiential therapist
  • Education therapist
  • Registered dietitian
  • Residential care specialist
  • Program manager


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Treatment Programs for Teens Experiencing Depression

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  • At least one in five youth aged 9–17 years currently has a diagnosable mental health disorder that causes some degree of impairment; one in 10 has a disorder that causes significant impairment.
  • The most common mental illnesses in adolescents are anxiety, mood, attention, and behavior disorders.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people aged 15–24 years.
  • Adolescents with mental illness often engage in acting-out behavior or substance use which puts them at even greater risk.
  • The most important steps to reducing morbidity and mortality associated with mental health disorders in adolescents are early identification and appropriate treatment.

Mood and behavioral health disorders are serious mental health conditions in which your emotional state and/or behavior becomes distorted or inconsistent, interfering with your ability to live and enjoy life fully. Left untreated, they can become quite severe, and even life-threatening.

Our Adolescent Program at Honey Lake Clinic treats 13- to 17-year-old girls suffering from:

Substance abuse and addiction are complex and dangerous mental health concerns. At Honey Lake Clinic we believe faith-based treatment encompassing mind, body and spirit offers our patients the tools and knowledge to experience freedom beyond the addictive grip of:

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Medications
  • Pornography
  • Sex

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Discover lasting transformation.

Teen Treatment Centers Rediscover Your Life’s Potential

Each adolescent patient at Honey Lake Clinic follows a course of treatment developed specifically for her needs.

Our experienced staff, licensed therapists, psychologists, and psychiatric specialists recognize effective treatment requires a faith-based approach, treating the entire self: mind, body, and spirit. This holistic approach offers our patients hope for a healthy and bright future.

Honey Lake Clinic is the only residential adolescent treatment program in the United States that incorporates Christian values and delivers top-notch mental health and medical care.

What does the patient experience look ?

Each prospective patient in our adolescent program completes an extensive intake process—the aim here is to ensure she and program are a good fit.

After the intake process and before a treatment plan is created, she will meet with Chief Medical Officer, Honey Lake Clinic, to review her specific needs, determine what we are hoping to accomplish, and outline with her treatment aims to that end.

Next, she will be introduced to an experienced team of therapists and technicians assembled to craft an environment that will allow her to first, catch her breath, and then to begin the healing process.

“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.”

  • Morning devotions, mid-week chapel and Sunday morning worship services offer her opportunities to encounter God and grow spiritually
  • Individual therapy sessions focus on her individual needs, specifically
  • Group therapy sessions and experiential treatment are centered around activities horseback riding, gardening and more, further her progress
  • Academic support helps ensure she doesn’t fall further behind in school work while undergoing treatment
  • Special guest speakers visit each week, offering encouragement and inspirational evening talks on meaningful topics

A Close-Knit, Healing Community

Girls will discover that the environment at Honey Lake Clinic is most supportive and encouraging. We’re a community here. A family. Doctors, therapists, clinicians, nurses, and even other patients—we’re all here with one goal in mind, healing.

… That Looks and Feels Nothing A Hospital

As the only fully licensed, Christian, residential behavioral treatment program in the United States, Honey Lake Clinic is a JCAHO-accredited, DCF & ACHA licensed, residential treatment facility.

That said, Honey Lake Clinic looks and feels nothing a hospital. Residential treatment at Honey Lake offers a serene 2200-acre lakeside resort setting, complete with a variety of world-class amenities.

Adolescent program patients reside in Hazel’s House, a magnificent 7,000 square-foot, open floorplan home, with an inviting horseshoe-shaped infinity swimming pool, surrounded by 3,200 square foot of deck, patios and porches, all overlooking a private 80-acre, spring-fed lake.

The property offers residents a wide variety of outdoor activities, including swimming, sunning, basketball, volleyball, biking, hiking, horses, and even our own little petting-zoo with rabbits, piglets, goats, and chickens.

The environment here is conducive to healing. The Christ-centered, compassionate, and comprehensive treatment you receive here will help you discover lasting transformation, and rediscover your life’s meaning, purpose and worth.

Biblical counsel.Holistic approach.Evidence-based treatments and therapies.Board-certified psychiatric specialists, psychologists, and therapists.

Healing environment.

More than returning to life before your struggles, we will help you move forward into an exceptional life beyond them!

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Residential Depression Treatment Center For Atlanta Teens

Treatment Programs for Teens Experiencing Depression

Hillside is a not-for-profit treatment center offering a broad array of quality clinical services and programs both on campus and in the Metro Atlanta community. We have several levels of care your child’s unique needs, including outpatient home-based treatment and residential alternatives.

Each of our treatment programs focuses on evidenced-based therapy options with children and adolescents, including but not limited to the adherent protocol of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Treat Depression

Hillside is one of the first youth depression treatment centers in the country to utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in our treatment programs. Hillside therapists are intensively trained in DBT and practice DBT to the fidelity of the protocol as it was researched.

Adolescents with depression often struggle with unwanted feelings or distorted thinking, both about themselves and the world.

These distorted thoughts and painful feelings can lead to problematic ways of coping and affect their behaviors in their world.

Their negative feelings about their abilities or self-worth can lead teenagers to withdraw from positive activities or relationships they used to enjoy.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a specialized form of cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches youth how to better deal with painful and conflicting emotions. The goal is to decrease ineffective behaviors such as self-harming or suicidal thoughts or gestures and increase insight into one’s own emotion and skills to regulate emotions in effective ways.

DBT has four stages of treatment:

  1. Help clients control and understand their thoughts and behaviors.
  2. Work on fully experiencing their underlying emotions.
  3. Develop self-reliance and self-worth as they build a healthier lifestyle.
  4. And for some adolescents, seek deeper meaning through spiritual fulfillment and develop a sense of connection with a greater whole.

While DBT was initially developed for treating adults,other DBT protocols have been successfully adapted to work effectively with different populations including children and adolescents. Hillside’s expertise is the use of DBT with children and adolescents population.

We utilize experiential therapeutic interventions, in addition to traditional core DBT skills classes, to help our clients learn and practice their DBT skills in real life situations.

We also have clinicians who are trained in the  dialectical behavior therapy for children (DBT-C) protocol, specifically designed for working with prepubescent-age kids (usually under age 12) and their families.

DBT-C is one of the therapeutic options that can help parents work with their child to learn effective coping skills to help manage their emotions.

Mindfulness is one of the foundations of DBT skills. Mindfulness helps our clients become more aware of their thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness is a practice that can teach adolescents to stay in the present moment without dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

In DBT, mindfulness helps set the stage for people learn ways to tolerate distress and handle stressful situations without acting impulsively.

In addition to DBTtraining, Hillside’s therapists have been trained in Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT®) and incorporate compassion with mindfulness practices in treatment.

Other Effective Therapies Offered at Hillside

At Hillside, our continuing mission is to provide innovative and effective care. Youth and children sometimes respond better to certain therapeutic approaches and fail to do so with others.

While DBT is our flagship treatment modality, we also offer several other therapeutic modalities and programs for depressed teens and children that can be implemented into your child’s treatment, including:

Depression is more than just feeling sad or being blue. It is a relatively common mental illness that can become dangerous and even life-threatening. It is not unusual for children — especially adolescents — to experience depression, and when they do they need your help.

Depression can start as a bad mood, stem from an incident at school, be a natural part of a developmental phase, or seemingly have no cause at all. The brain chemistry that regulates moods can be altered by persistent bad feelings or prolonged periods of stress. After several weeks, the brain almost forgets how to be happy.

Moods and other thought patterns work pathways through your brain. When one pathway is continually used, alternate routes become harder and harder to discover. The brain gets into the habit of being sad, and then it cannot break the pattern.

One of the hardest things for parents to do is to see their children suffer. As parents, it is natural to want to take away the pain and help our kids feel better as soon as possible.

Often times, parents experience guilt, shame, or even anger, as they try to understand and address the cause of depression in their kids. It is important to be aware of how you are feeling and responding to your child.

Are you feeling helpless? Are you trying to problem-solve? Are you trying to investigate the cause? The manners in which you address the situation can be immensely helpful in the healing process.

Instead of trying to “fix” your child or solve their problems for them, be compassionately curious. Gently ask questions about their mood without giving way to charged emotions.

Ensure your tone comes across as loving and concerned rather than critical. Listen as they talk about their problems and try not to be judgmental.

Even if it seems as though they’re just focusing on the negative, you being there and listening shows that you hear, you see and you’re trying to understand.

Be on the lookout for signs that your child may be struggling with depression that warrants professional attention. Find clinicians or treatment facilities with a specialization in working with kids or teenagers with depression. Therapy with kids often looks different than treatment for adults due to the developmental stages of children.

While you may be focused on finding the right provider for your child, keep in mind that professional mental health clinicians can also be a great resource for you, the parents, as you work together towards your children’s wellness.

It is incredibly powerful for children to see their parents model healthy behaviors and know that they have your support.

Often times, children do not have the awareness or the vocabulary to express that they are depressed. In children and teens, depression can be presented as an irritable mood instead of a depressed mood. Some teens may try to hide their symptoms or evade truthful responses when you ask.

It is important to remember that depressive disorders are more than just a passing sadness or bad mood. The intensity of symptoms and how they affect the day to day functioning are usually the key factors that determine the difference between regular sadness and a depressive disorder.

Here are some signs and symptoms that may signify that it is time for you to engage a mental health professional for your child.

  • Prolonged sadness and/or irritability, especially when the feeling occurs most days for at least two weeks
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or activities they used to enjoy
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Changes in appetite or significant weight loss/gain
  • Increased tearfulness, crying, or emotional outbursts
  • Changes in sleep habits, such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, as well as sleeping too much
  • Withdrawing from social interactions, expressed feelings of worthlessness
  • Excessive guilt or having guilt about things that are not their fault
  • Unusual fatigue, lack of energy, slow movements
  • Difficulty thinking, paying attention, or making decisions
  • A preoccupation with death or thoughts of suicide

Your teenager may exhibit any of these signs and be perfectly fine. The teenage years can be more challenging to some due to life transitions and physical changes. Hillside’s clinical staff has the expertise and experience to help distinguish the difference between typical and atypical teenage behaviors as well as provide the best course of treatment.

If your child exhibits five or more of the symptoms, it is recommended that your contact a mental health profession. Depression is one of the most treatable mental health disorder and the majority of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment.

It is important that a thorough evaluation is performed by a mental health clinician in order to appropriately diagnose and treat the condition.

The assessment process usually includes an interview with the person experiencing the symptoms, and in case of children and teens, an interview with the parents can also help the clinician learn about observable changes in behaviors and mood, medical and family history, cultural factors and environmental factors. It is not unusual to include a physical examination in the diagnostic process. In some cases, a blood test might be done to make sure the depression is not due to a medical condition a thyroid problem.

Psychotherapy and medication are the two most common ways to treat depression. Mild depression can often get better with the use of psychotherapy alone. For moderate to severe depression, psychotherapy is often used in combination with antidepressant medications.

Hillside has one of the best residential depression treatment centers in Georgia, as well as a Day Program and a Community Intervention Program to meet your families unique needs. We use various treatment modalities to reduce self-destructive behaviors in kids with depression and help manage their depressive symptoms in the most effective way.

Academic work is a big part of our residential treatment program. Our teachers and staff provide the support our clients need in order to become successful in the classroom. Most children respond positively to the residential treatment programs for depression in Georgia at the Hillside campus.

Learn Why Hillside Is the Best Depression Treatment Facility for Youth

Contact Hillside today to learn more about our depression treatment center in Georgia and to find out if it is right for your child. Our goal is to teach kids the skills to deal with depression and enable the families to learn effective ways to communicate love and support.


Residential Depression Treatment Center For Teenagers Las Vegas | Ignite

Treatment Programs for Teens Experiencing Depression

Tackling depression is overwhelming for both your teen and you as a parent. That’s why Ignite Treatment Centers are here to support you. Our depression clinic Vancouver (and surrounding areas) is fully equipped for all your teen’s recovery needs.

What Can Cause Depression?

Depression can occur in anyone, at any time. While it’s true that sometimes depression can occur without any evident influence from environmental or lifestyle factors, it may be that there is an underlying cause, such as a chemical imbalance in the brain.

Additionally, there may be a prominent environmental factor, such as trauma, pain, illness, or pregnancy.

No matter the cause for depression, you can be sure to find top depression treatment centers to treat the problem, and our Ignite Centers are always ready to provide expert teen depression help.

So, what can the causes of depression be?

  • Hormonal or Chemical Imbalance

A growing teen full of hormones may be more ly to develop depression due to hormonal imbalances, or chemical imbalances in the brain. These imbalances will directly affect mood and emotions, which can result in low mood, mood swings, irritability, and so on.

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

CRPS and depression can be linked, as those individuals suffering in pain for an extended period can develop low mood and anxiety as a result. CRPS depression can be handled by pain treatment as well as healing depression itself.

  • Being Involved in a Traumatic Event

Trauma affects individuals in different ways. Some people may not suffer from any mental health trouble at all following a traumatic event. In other cases, however, individuals can develop anxiety and depression due to a traumatic experience.

You can find depression help centers for dealing with trauma-related mental health problems.

There is always the risk of postpartum depression in young mothers.

Our depression treatment centers in Southern California are tailored for tackling mental health issues related to illness. If your teen is also suffering from an illness alongside depression, we provide support for the journey back to a positive mental state.

  • Unhealthy or Stressful Lifestyle

This can lead to low mood and exhaustion, which can negatively impact mental health.

If depression runs in the family, it may increase the chances of offspring suffering from depression.

What are the Different Types of Depression?

As well as the many potential causes, there are also different forms of depression.

When it comes to depression, not all forms are the same, nor are they the same level of severity – although every instance of depression deserves expert treatment. Different types can also affect individuals in different ways.

Here are the main types of depression you should be aware of before you find depression treatment centers California to help you through this.

A persistent and long-term form of depression.

  • Recurrent Depressive Disorder

Experiencing two or more depressive episodes.

This type of depression occurs in direct response to an incident or event in life. It’s a reaction to a stressful experience. It may be common to have dissociative episodes in response to stressful ordeals. You can seek dissociative identity disorder depression treatment from inpatient depression treatment centers in California.

  • Manic Depressive Disorder

Depression experienced by those individuals who have bipolar disorder, in which the individual experiences challenging shifts in their mood.

Linked directly with having a baby, this depression can occur either during pregnancy or following the birth of a new baby. Any new mother can experience postpartum depression, but it’s highly ly in teenage mothers, as it may be that they do not feel equipped to have a newborn baby at a young age.

  • Psychotic Depressive Disorder

Delusions and hallucinations can accompany psychotic depressive episodes.

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Winter months, with less daylight, colder weather, and more time spent inside, can have a direct effect on mood, which means Seasonal Affective Disorder can become apparent in teens affected by the seasons.

If you are seeking treatment programs for your teen who may be suffering from any of these forms of depression, then we can help you with our depression facilities California.

What are the Symptoms of Depression? The Signs to Watch Out for in Your Teen

There are many steps of depression you should be aware of to know when to seek depression outpatient treatment centers for your struggling teen. Experiencing anxiety and depression in teens from an outsider’s perspective may see you notice the following symptoms:

  • Irritability and anger
  • Unhealthy habits, such as eating too much or too little and being unmotivated to exercise
  • Trouble sleeping, or too much sleep
  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy
  • Speaking openly about lack of self-worth
  • Trouble concentrating
  • General lack of motivation

Overcoming Depression: What You Can Do

If you’re seeking residential treatment centers for depression in California, you’ve come to the right place: Ignite Centers can help! You can seek treatment for your teen for their mental health issues, whether it’s for trauma treatment, depression and anxiety treatment, or treatment for suicidal thoughts. The most important first step to make as a parent is to acknowledge the problem and seek out the best major depression treatment centers for your teen to get the help and support they need.

  • Depression Treatment Centers

Ignite Centers can provide a tailored depression treatment program to get your teen on the path to recovery. We can provide counseling and therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as part of the service offered by our depression treatment centers Arizona.

Physical therapy can be used to manage pain and help patients with CRPS and therefore help to manage the associated mental health disorders by reducing the pain. If you’re seeking depression treatment Orange County for pain-specific mental health issues and have a teen who made need physical therapy, we can help with that, too.

  • Postpartum Depression Treatment Centers

Dedicated depression clinics for the treatment of postpartum depression is essential for young mothers and young women. Attending a women’s depression treatment center can mean that teen mothers feel more secure in an environment dedicated to women and mothers’ specifically during this difficult time.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Ignite Treatment Centers for any assistance regarding depression.

We can provide depression treatment centers Orange County, outpatient treatment programs for depression, and offer an alternative depression treatment center that focuses on providing a tranquil and soothing place for your teen to recover. For those teens based in California depression, expert treatment is available from Ignite.


Adolescent Residential Treatment Centers for Depression

Treatment Programs for Teens Experiencing Depression

Teen depression is a serious and often misunderstood mental health condition that should never be ignored.

 Understandably, many parents chalk up their teen’s persistent low mood as just a typical teenage trait, right up there with hormone fluctuations and social angst.

 In most cases, moodiness in teens is indeed a feature of that stage of life, but if there are other symptoms involved that also linger for more than a couple of weeks, it is appropriate to have the adolescent examined.

A teen who is being treated for depression, but who still struggles with debilitating symptoms, may need a step up in care.  For these adolescents who have found no relief, or whose symptoms continue to worsen, there is a real danger of self-harm or suicide.

 In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, teen suicide rates have steadily climbed since 2007, with the highest rates for adolescent girls doubling.  Teens with severe depression can find the highest level of care at an adolescent residential treatment center for depression.

 These programs provide an intensified comprehensive treatment program designed specifically for the mental health needs of each teen client.

About Teen Depression

Rising rates of teen depression among adolescents aged 12-17 are a cause for concern.  In 2016 the prevalence of U.S. teens that experienced at least one major depressive episode exceeded 3 million, or nearly 13% of that age population.

 Of the 3 million teens who experienced a depressive episode, 70% of them, or 2.2 million, experienced depression with severe impairment.

 As has been the trend, depression among female teens occurred at approximately three times higher rate than teen males.

Diagnosing depression in teens follows the same DSM-5 criteria as when diagnosing adults.  The DSM diagnostic criteria for depression includes nine symptoms, from which five must be consistently present for more than two weeks.  These symptoms include:

  1.  Depressed mood much of the day, nearly every day
  2. Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in most activities most of the time
  3. Significant weight loss or gain; decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day
  4. Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day
  5. Slowed or agitated movements nearly every day
  6. Fatigue; loss of energy nearly every day
  7. Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt nearly every day
  8. Concentration problems; indecisiveness nearly every day
  9. Recurrent thoughts of death; suicide ideation, or a specific plan for suicide

Teens are more apt to exhibit symptoms of boredom, hopelessness, hypersomnia, substance abuse, and suicide attempts than adults presenting with depression.

Risk Factors for Teen Depression

Depression is a difficult mental health disorder with a complex list of potential factors.

 Although centered in the limbic system of the brain where mood and emotions are regulated, there are a multitude of causes for the dysregulation there that controls these functions.

 In teens, stressful events or situations can trigger a depressive episode, including bullying in school or over social media, divorce, academic pressures, trauma or abuse.

Some of the risk factors related to teen depression include:

Biologic factors

  • Family history of depression
  • Female gender
  • Hormonal changes
  • Obesity
  • Learning disorders
  • Low birth weight
  • Medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes mellitus, and migraines
  • Sleep disorders

Psychological factors

  • History of self-harm or suicide attempts
  • Lack of coping skills
  • Low self-esteem
  • Negative body image
  • Social anxiety
  • Negative mindset

Environmental factors

  • Decreased physical activity
  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Overeating
  • Increased parental conflict
  • Antisocial friends
  • Substance abuse
  • Poor academic performance
  • Loss of loved one or loss of a relationship
  • Traumatic event such as physical or sexual abuse, witnessing a trauma, serious car accident

Signs a Teen Needs Higher Level of Care for Depression

Whether your teen has been receiving psychiatric care on an outpatient basis or has never been treated for depression, the need for a higher level of care can be a surprising event, such as a suicide attempt.

 Teens are not skilled at sharing their deepest feelings with parents, and may have been experience deep distress unbeknownst to their family.

But there are some signs, in addition to the diagnostic criteria noted above, that a teen is in need of an adolescent residential treatment centers for depression.

Signs a teen needs residential treatment may include:

  • The teen is becoming impaired, unable to get bed and go to school
  • The teen no longer wants to participate in team sports or social events
  • The teen exhibits isolating behaviors, choosing to hole up in their room
  • There is evidence that the teen is contemplating methods of suicide
  • The teen is engaging in self-harming activities
  • The teen’s academic performance is plummeting
  • The teen is often truant, unknown to parents
  • The teen exhibits dissociative behaviors, detached from self and others

An inpatient depression treatment program can provide the expert care needed for a teen with severe depression.

 The teen will be thoroughly evaluated, including physical examination and mental health history, whether a substance use disorder is coexistent, medication history, and a risk assessment for suicide.

 If an acute event is what prompted the admission, the teen will be stabilized before any treatment can begin.

In most cases, treatment for adolescent depression involves an emphasis on psychotherapy and other experiential or recreational therapies.  In some cases, antidepressants are prescribed, corresponding to the acuity of the depressive disorder. There are some side effects associated with antidepressants, so these should be monitored over the trial period.  

Psychotherapies most beneficial to teens with serious depression include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

 The goal of the therapy is to help the teen improve coping skills, communication skills, peer relationship skills, problem-solving techniques, and to change negative thought patterns into positive, proactive thought patterns.

Teens connect well with activity-based therapies that allow them to decompress and experience joy.  These recreation-based therapies can help them get to open up and overcome their hesitation to be vulnerable and open in treatment.  Relaxation activities, yoga or mindfulness, can also assist in recovery, complimenting the psychotherapy sessions.

BNI Treatment Centers Adolescent Residential Treatment Centers for Depression

BNI Treatment Centers of Los Angeles are dedicated to providing the utmost in mental health treatment for teens who struggle with severe depression.

 BNI Treatment is owned and operated by psychiatrists who specialize in treating adolescent mental health and substance use disorders, and tailor the program to meet the specific needs of teens.

 BNI Treatment utilizes CBT, DBT, and a variety of recreational therapies, such as surf therapy, equine therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, and yoga. For more information about our residential depression treatment program for teens, please contact BNI Treatment today at (888) 522-1504.


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