We can help your teen who struggles with Depression, which is more than simply unhappiness or sorrow. It is an enveloping feeling of helplessness, despondency and hopelessness that engulfs their life, leaving him or her suffering without respite.
Symptoms of depression can include irritability, loss of energy, difficulty concentrating, lack of interest in once-enjoyed hobbies and activities, changes in appetite, weight or sleep, self-loathing, and unexplained aches and pains.
Many people do not accurately understand Depression, and some who suffer from it are disinclined to find treatment, troubled by stigma they feel might be identified with the illness.
How to Treat Depression in Teens
Treatment for Depression normally requires at least some level of professional care. Therapy might well be combined with medication to help your teen regain a more reasonable approach to life’s challenges, to help reveal origins of the depression as well as provide effective coping strategies for dealing with the feelings of desolation. He or she might find relief from symptoms by making healthy changes in diet and fitness habits, or by learning some stress management techniques. Most teens respond well to treatments, and have partial or total recovery from symptoms.
It may be difficult for you to be able to distinguish the symptoms, because the more frequent response to it in teens is irritability rather than sorrow. Your teen may demonstrate hostility and loss of temper. Teen Depression can lead to self-medication with drugs or alcohol, and create problems with schoolwork. Depression is also a major cause of teen suicide, emphasizing the importance of seeking treatment early for problems rather than hoping issues will clear up by themselves.
A Hope and a Future for Every Teen
Ozark Trail Academy wants to help your struggling or rebellious teen. Our program instills integrity, accountability, responsibility and character while providing your child behavioral counseling and a quality education.
Our family-model lifestyle offers a safe, nurturing atmosphere that encourages developing skills, particularly in building positive relationships with authority figures as well as their peers. The staff works with our teen boys and girls to teach them independent skills and valuable life lessons that will prove indispensable for building their future.
Counseling is provided for teens who struggle with behavioral and emotional problems, and they meet with a licensed certified counselor once weekly at a minimum. Daily group sessions are used to address issues of anger management and respect of authority, self-respect, or other relevant issues. The non-threatening atmosphere of this small group session allows them to learn from one another, and they can realize there are appropriate ways of managing their respective behavioral difficulties. Regular psychiatric monitoring is available for students who require medication.
Designed to meet the learning needs of the individual child, students advance at their own pace; most often an accelerated pace which boosts self-respect, repairs self-confidence and promotes security for a successful future. They are recognized and rewarded for value, effort and significance in learning.
Please call Ozark Trail Academy at (385) 352-3371 if you have tried everything, and are ready to see your problem child develop into a successful young adult. We’re here to help.