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4 Different Treatment Options for Teen Depression

The teenage years aren’t easy for anyone. From the moment you had your child, you were warned about toddler temper tantrums and the teenage years. You even know from personal experience. You have to juggle school, homework, studying, extracurricular activities, and social groups, all while your body is going through changes—body hair, voice changes, hormonal changes, shaving, etc. The list goes on and on. When you’re a teen, it can feel like a lot for one person to manage.

As a parent, you expected these changes. What you didn’t expect was for your child to be dealing with signs and symptoms of depression on top of everything else they’re already dealing with.

Here are 4 different treatment options for teen depression.

1. Implementing Lifestyle Changes

Depression has a negative impact on many areas of someone’s life, even basic human needs. Depression can cause an individual’s eating habits to change. For some, it may cause them to binge or overeat. For others, they may undereat or not have the energy to consume a meal. Neither change is good for anyone. As a parent, you can help with this change. Make sure you’re making healthy and well-balanced meals for them and your family. Encourage your family to sit down and eat meals together so you can ensure that they’re eating properly.

Another way that depression can impact someone is by changing their sleeping schedule and routine. Depression can cause some individuals to oversleep, while others may not be able to fall asleep at night or stay asleep during the night. Try to get your teenager on a routine again. Encourage them to try to go to bed at the same time each night and wake up around the same time each day, even on weekends. They should be aiming for eight to ten hours of sleep each night.

silhouette of a woman with long hair with glow from the sun behind her2. Get Them Social Again

Depression can cause individuals to withdraw or self-isolate, even from the activities they once enjoyed doing or the people they enjoyed spending time with. Get them involved in activities again. Recommend an after-school activity like joining a sports team, a club that meets their interests, or volunteering for an organization that they’re passionate about. They may be unwilling or even unmotivated to put themselves out there at first. As soon as they start interacting with people again and doing the things that they enjoy, they’ll become more motivated.

3. Art or Music Therapy

Art or music therapy is a great option, especially for teenagers. A lot of the time, teenagers don’t really have a good grasp on their emotions or why they may be feeling a certain way. It can be difficult to explain what’s really going on. Art and music provide individuals with a way to express their thoughts and feelings in a creative way. It allows individuals to get their thoughts and feelings out in the open through art or music rather than holding them in.

4. Individual, Group, or Family Therapy

Depression isn’t something that can just go away on its own. One of the best things you can do for your teenager is to encourage them to seek the proper and necessary treatment.

A therapist will be able to work with your child individually, through a group with other like-minded individuals, or even with your family. They’ll be able to work directly with your teenager to help them find the root cause of why they may be thinking and feeling how they do. They’ll also be able to recommend and encourage healthy coping mechanisms as a way to better manage some of the signs and symptoms they may be experiencing.

Don’t delay in getting the help your teenager needs and deserves. Reach out to us today to set up a consultation.

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