Treatment of Teen Depression
Certain limitations exist for treating a teenager with depression, as antidepressants can have a variety of adverse side effects. Potential side effects include weight gain, fatigue, sleep disorders, sexual problems, nausea, and headaches. In addition, there is an FDA black box warning attached to antidepressants regarding increased risk of suicidal thinking or attempts in patients under age 24.
While prescribing antidepressants to a teen may be a necessary intervention that yields successful results, many doctors prefer to try other treatment methods first. Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a first line treatment for teen depression, provided in both individual sessions and group therapy sessions. Certain types of therapy work best for teens, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and process-oriented therapy. Therapy can help the adolescent identify the issues that are causing the depression, as well as help them establish new ways of coping with psychosocial stressors so common during the teen years.
What is Teen Depression Rehab?
A residential teen depression treatment program is an excellent option for a teen who has not responded to the treatment interventions and whose depression is worsening. A teen depression rehab allows the teenager to live in a safe, supportive, and stress-free environment for a period of time. During their stay, the teen will engage in more intensive, targeted therapies.
In addition to the traditional individual and group therapy that is provided, a residential rehab geared toward teens will also offer a host of adjunct therapies that have been shown to resonate with adolescents. These might include equine therapy, where the teen spends time caring for a horse, art and music therapies, yoga, meditation, and even surf therapy.