Teen Depression Rehab Program
At Visions Teen Treatment Centers, we offer a variety of treatment options for teens struggling with a co-occurring disorder like depression and substance abuse. To learn more, contact a member of our team at Visions Teen Treatment Centers in Los Angeles and Malibu at 866-889-3665.
Learn About Teen Depression
Teen Depression is a serious mental illness that commonly affects teens. This condition goes well beyond the normal ups and downs that tend to characterize the teen years. Depression is a mental illness that can become quite debilitating and even deadly for some teens. According to Mental Health America, nearly 5,000 teens and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24 commit suicide every year.
Depression and substance abuse are commonly seen together in this age group. For some, drugs or alcohol may be used to “self-medicate” or diminish the symptoms of depression. Others may abuse substances first, which can lead to the onset of depression. No matter how the two condition develop, treatment of both simultaneously is essential to ensuring a successful, long-term recovery.
Signs & Symptoms of Teen Depression
Symptoms of depression might look slightly different in teens than they do in adults, and might include:
- Irritability or anger (often the predominant symptom in teens)
- Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- Excessive sensitivity to criticism
- Social withdrawal or hanging around a new group of friends
- Aches and pains that have no medical cause
- Changes to sleeping or eating patterns
- Lack of energy or motivation
- Loss of interest in activities or people
- Suicidal thoughts, ideations or actions
Treating Teen Depression in Los Angeles
Depression Treatment Los Angeles- Depression in teens is commonly addressed through a variety of therapies and medication. When substance abuse accompanies the depression, it is essential to help the patient through the detox process and into recovery before the depression can be effectively treated.