Teen Depression Treatment

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In 2015, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimated 3 million adolescents aged between 12 and 17 had at least one major depressive episode.

Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses. Although it’s easy to dismiss as a bad mood or an episode of the teenage blues, it isn’t: Depression doesn’t go away after a few weeks and should be treated at depression treatment centers. Major depressive episodes last and can wreak havoc on daily functioning, affecting sleep patterns, appetite, performance in school and even relationships with friends and family.

Every teenager experiences times of sadness and feeling troubled. They’re normal. Depression isn’t. Sovereign Health provides expert, compassionate treatment for depression at Rancho San Diego, our residential treatment center for adolescents aged 12 to 17. We’ll help your child move past his or her illness and into his or her potential.


Depression’s hard to spot in a teenager. The teen years are likely the most tumultuous time in a person’s life, a period where everything from one’s appearance to one’s relationships changes dramatically. A friend is lost when interests change. A relationship at school goes sour. An invitation to a party never comes. The sadness these events can create is perfectly normal and goes away.

Depression is different. It lasts much longer than a bad mood and seriously impacts an adolescent’s ability to function normally. Depressed teens lose interest in school, activities and even their friends. The illness also warps individuals’ view of the world and themselves, creating overwhelming sensations of doom, sadness and hopelessness. Worst of all, unchecked depression can lead to self-harm and suicide.

Suicide has had a long, sad presence in the lives of troubled young people, and studies are showing it’s a growing problem. The American Psychological Association lists suicide as the third-leading cause of death for young people aged between 15 and 24.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Low energy levels
  • Headaches, stomach aches and other pains
  • Anger, irritability and rage
  • Poor self-esteem and feelings of guilt
  • Difficulty sleeping, tiredness and restlessness

Red Flags of Depression

  • A withdrawing from activities and friends
  • Poor school performance
  • Experimentation with substance abuse
  • Problems with authority
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

Who Gets Depression?

Unlike many other diseases, there’s no clear cause behind depression. Researchers think a number of potential causes contribute to the development of the illness. Some studies have found physical differences in depressed brains; others have found depression might be genetically inheritable. Trauma – sexual abuse, physical violence – can fuel depression later in childhood, and hormonal changes in the body during the teen years also seem to act as triggers for depression.

Additionally, Mayo Clinic suggests certain behavioral patterns – such as learning to feel helpless – can drive teen depression. A teen who hasn’t learned to find solutions for life’s various problems, trivial or otherwise, may find their frustration developing into depression.

Depression is also a disease which responds well to treatment at treatment centers for depression. Prescription medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can help regulate moods. Psychotherapy – another term for “talk therapy” – is also useful in treating depression. Talk therapy methods like cognitive behavioral therapy help depressed teens face their problems and learn new ways of challenging them as well as their worldview. Other forms of therapy include interpersonal therapy, which teaches patients how to develop healthier relationships at school and home. Effective treatment methods like these can be found at depression treatment centers such as Sovereign Health.

Getting Help for Depression

Depression’s ability to affect a patient’s mindset can make treatment seem overwhelming, but depression responds well to treatment. Sovereign Health’s residential inpatient depression treatment facility in Rancho San Diego gives adolescents a safe, comfortable, summer camp-like place to move past their difficulties in an environment free from distraction.

Sovereign makes use of both evidence-backed treatment methods along with effective alternative therapies like yoga to treat its patients. Its part of Sovereign’s holistic view of treatment: Our patients need to be treated in both mind and body for a full recovery, and merely treating depression’s symptoms isn’t enough. At Rancho San Diego’s rehab for depression, patients can attend group therapy with other teens dealing with the same problems they are, engage in equine therapy and enjoy the peaceful, rural setting a short drive from San Diego.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

With offices nationwide, Sovereign is a major provider of treatment for mental illness, drug addiction and eating disorders. What makes us a leader in our field?

  • The Joint Commission, the largest and oldest health care accreditation organization in the country, gives Rancho San Diego its approval
  • Patients at Rancho San Diego are treated as individuals in a safe, secure and friendly environment that will cater to their specific needs
  • Sovereign prides itself on making use of the latest, most effective treatment methods

A healthier life can start today. Contact our 24/7 helpline for more information about our depression treatment centers.

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