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The Value of Therapy Centers for Teen Depression

written by: Joy Lynskey • edited by: Jacqueline Chinappi • updated: 10/11/2010

Can therapy centers for teen depression help my teen? If you are searching for ways to help your depressed teen an in house treatment center may be a good option for you and your family. Learn what these treatment centers have to offer your teen as well as the entire family.

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    Often the entire family can suffer when a teen in the household is suffering from depression and this can make the need for you to consider available therapy centers for teen depression. It can be just as important for the families of a depressed teen to also learn ways to deal with teen depression.

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    What are Therapy Centers for Teen Depression?

    These centers for teen depression are normally for troubled teens and commonly include individual as well as group therapies. Some of these centers can be considered residential which means the teens stay in the center is typically from around six to eight months. There are also short term therapy centers for teen depression where the teen will usually stay anywhere from a week to two months.

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    How Can This Help My Teen?

    Often teens who are suffering from depression or anxiety disorders need some critical supervision and guidance that a parent may not have the knowledge or the time to impart. For those reasons alone it can be important for a child to attend the services available at a therapy center for teens.

    Medication Monitoring

    Counselors and physicians there can monitor the teen constantly as well as get them started on medications they may need to be on for the rest of their lives. Because of the nature of some of these medications, it is always important to be monitored by medical professionals in case of extreme or dangerous side effects.

    Individual Counseling

    Individual counseling provided by a therapy center for teen depression will be targeted to the teen and any of their specific issues. Most of these centers also get a good bit of background on a child so that they can accustom their style of therapy to match with what the teen most requires.

    Although counseling sessions are commonly an hour long, the benefit to being a patient in one of these centers is that if there is a need to prolong the session it is usually accommodated. This can not only help the teen to express their most serious issues but also gain their trust as well as give them extra security knowing that someone is looking out for their best interest. Initiating the teen into sharing their deepest issues is the main focus of individual counseling.

    Group Counseling

    Group counseling is likely one of the most important phases of treatment in therapy centers for teen depression. This enables the depressed teen to understand that they are not alone. It also encourages them to talk about their issues, openly, to show them that there is no shame in mental illness and the only way to get help is in fact, to share with others.

    This can be very helpful in teaching teens the skills they will need to communicate with their family and friends when they are having a troublesome bout of depression or experiencing any scary or dangerous feelings of self harm.

    Group counseling will also give a depressed teen the opportunity to hear and understand how others deal with their families, how they express their needs and issues with those closest to them and how they cope with outside influences such as peer pressure. This kind of counseling also can offer the teen great hope in the fact that they will get to meet other teens who have managed to dig themselves out of depression because of the help they allowed others to give them. Indeed, this is likely the most important message carried away from group counseling for any depressed teen.

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    Involving the Whole Family

    Another very important aspect in therapy centers for teen depression is that they will appoint family sessions to involve all in the family, even the younger children, so that everyone is more aware of the problems the teen may be suffering from, as well as coping techniques in dealing with them if they are suffering from a serious bout with depression.

    This can give any family who is struggling with the sometimes chaotic and confusing life that can come with having a teen who is clinically depressed.

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    Help for Depressed Teens

    In house therapy helps depressed teens in many ways, but the most important ways in which it can help a teen are:

    • Adjusting to medications under medical supervision
    • Learning they are not suffering alone
    • Knowing that their family is there to learn along with them
    • Learning to ask for help when it is needed
    • Understanding that it is okay to talk about their issues
    • Learning to control dangerous impulses

    All of these things can be imperative for a teen suffering from depression. As the nature of children and teens is impulsive, teens who feel they are alone with no one to talk to are likely to make dangerous or dire snap decisions on their own. The therapy centers will teach teens how to control the impulses that can lead them down the wrong path, that often and without help, can be patterns for their entire lives.

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    References

    http://www.insightpros.com/depression/

    http://www.teendepression.org/