A young man with depression may present as irritable or detached or ambivalent about the things in his life. Depression in young people is more widespread than most people think. Nearly one in five teens will experience an episode of depression before reaching adulthood. At any given time, five percent of teens deal with the disease.
Depression affects every race, every socioeconomic class. If untreated, a teen with depression is at a 30 percent greater risk for abusing drugs over a teen with depression. Teens with depression self-harm, display violent tendencies and engage in suicidal ideation more than non-depressed teens.
Recognizing the signs of depression
Teens and adults share many of the same symptoms of depression. These include:
- Extreme sadness
- Irritability, anger, hostility
- Loss of interest in activities
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Lack of motivation
- Significant changes in sleeping and eating habits
- Headaches, stomachaches and other ailments not better explained by other conditions
Treatment is imperative
Depression is the leading cause of suicide and the third leading cause of death in teens. Less than one-third of teens with depression seek help but of those, 80 percent can be successfully treated.
Treatment at White River Academy
Antidepressants combined with psychotherapy is the best treatment for a teenage boy with depression. Like all Sovereign Health Group facilities, White River Academy specializes in treating the underlying causes of addiction, mental health, behavioral and mood disorders.
Medication corrects brain chemistry but does not address the emotions and negative thinking fueling depression. Cognitive behavioral therapy, solution based therapy, group and individual therapy help a depressed teen identify and resolve the thought patterns which lead to negative thinking.
White River Academy combines therapy, academia and outdoor activities to promote a balanced approach to treating substance abuse and mental illness. Our academy is located near the rim of the Great Basin in Utah—one of the most beautiful places in the country. For more information about our treatment programs, our curriculum or our school, contact 866-520-0905.