While certain life experiences can elicit feelings of sadness and hopelessness, battling depression is a far different and more difficult experience. Adolescents, more specifically, may be especially vulnerable to this mental health condition. Characterized by episodes of marked sadness, tearfulness, sleep changes, weight and appetite changes, and thoughts of death, depression is a serious concern that can drastically impact a teen’s life. Numerous adverse effects are known to occur if treatment is delayed, which is why it is important for an adolescent’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to arrange for the necessary treatment as soon as possible.
Teens who are in need of effective treatment to overcome depression symptoms can get exactly what they need at Riverview Behavioral Health. Our center is uniquely prepared to care for teens batting this illness, as we offer developmentally appropriate interventions and youth-focused treatment that can alleviate depression symptoms once and for all. Therefore, if a teen if your life needs to learn how to manage his or her depression symptoms more effectively, look no further than Riverview Behavioral Health. We are here to help adolescents get their lives back on track.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you are aware of an adolescent who may be suffering from the symptoms of depression, there are some steps that you can take to help a teen who is in need of specialized care for this illness. Consider the following suggestions:
- Become familiar with the options for care that are available to young people who may be suffering from depression. It is also beneficial to learn about the symptoms of depression so that the treatment options you research are applicable.
- Formulate a safety plan should an adolescent require immediate attention due to the effects of his or her depression symptoms. Many youth engage in self-harming behaviors because of their melancholy mood, and therefore there may be a need for emergent care to prevent a more serious problem.
- Talk to your teen and listen to him or her explain how he or she has been feeling. This can give you insight as to what his or her experience with depression is like.
- Arrange for an assessment for mental health treatment at a center that is equipped to care for the specific needs of adolescents.
- Make every effort to be part of your loved one’s healing process. In doing so, you will be showing your unwavering support in a great way.
It is also a good idea to both look into ways in which you can help your teen continue his or her healing journey once treatment is complete and learn methods that you can practice to take care of yourself. By following through on these suggestions, you will be able to help your adolescent heal from the symptoms and effects of depression.
Why Consider Treatment at Riverview Behavioral Health
If the symptoms of depression remain a constant in a teen’s life, there is a high likelihood that several adverse effects will result. Being able to achieve academically may prove to be rather difficult, forming new relationships with peers may be rife with obstacles, other mental health concerns can manifest, and discord with close family members may also become a factor in a young person’s life. Furthermore, some adolescents resort to self-harm and the abuse of substances when they are unable to alleviate their depression symptoms by other healthier means. When this is the case, the need for hospitalization can remain ongoing and there could be a future need for substance abuse treatment if an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol develops. Thankfully, there are many options for care that exist that can help adolescents heal from and learn to manage the symptoms of depression in a beneficial manner. By accessing these services, a teen can begin living the healthy life that is deserving of all young people.
Types of Treatment Offered at Riverview Behavioral Health
Riverview Behavioral Health, which is conveniently located in Texarkana, Texas, is an exemplary provider of mental health treatment for individuals of all ages who are battling a myriad of mental health concerns. With several forms of care available, those in the Texarkana area have relied on Riverview as the go-to mental health treatment center when someone is requiring immediate stabilization of mental health symptoms, as well as longer-term treatment for youth who need additional support to manage the symptoms of depression and other mental and behavioral health concerns.
When young people between the ages of 5 and 17 need prompt and effective mental health treatment, they can benefit greatly from Riverview Behavioral Health’s inpatient programming. This level of care features only the most effective treatment methods, as well as behavior modification techniques that are proven to help young people improve their emotional wellness and learn to control impulsive behaviors. The staff of professionals who supply treatment do so with an unparalleled dedication to helping children and teens thrive, and each young person who comes for care is perceived as an individual with unique needs, strengths, and goals for the future.
We assess the treatment requirements of every child and adolescent who is in need of our services so that our staff can determine if our programming is appropriate for him or her and which methods of care will bring about the most positive results. Among the interventions that may be incorporated into a young person’s treatment plan, the following are those that our inpatient program offers:
Medication management services: Children and adolescents who come to Riverview Behavioral Health may benefit from certain medications if depression symptoms are severe. When indicated during our streamlined admissions process, our staff will speak to the child’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) about the need for medication, and, if consented to by those responsible for the child or teen, our onsite psychiatrist can determine what kind and the amount of a medication(s) that will benefit the child or adolescent most. While a young person is taking psychotropic medication(s), our team of compassionate nurses closely monitors the effectiveness of any medication(s) given so as to preserve the safety and overall wellness of the children and adolescents entrusted in our care.
Medical care: As a means of ensuring that each child and adolescent is maintaining good health while receiving treatment for depression, we employ a medical doctor and nurse practitioner so that the basic medical needs of the children and adolescents we treat are cared for. Additionally, the same team of nurses that assists in the monitoring of each child and adolescent’s progress while taking psychotropic medication(s) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide medical care and support for the duration of a youth’s time at Riverview Behavioral Health.
Individual therapy: Each week, children and teens at Riverview Behavioral Health are able to meet with a licensed mental health professional for individual therapy sessions. During these sessions, a young person can discuss managing the symptoms of depression, experiences of the past, goals for the present, and ambitions for the future. Additionally, children and teens grappling with depression symptoms can utilize individual therapy sessions to process their feelings and emotions in a safe space so that they can improve upon their overall emotional wellness.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are an integral part of the care that children and adolescents receive while at Riverview Behavioral Health. Led by licensed mental health professionals and behavioral health technicians, young people partake in process groups and other types of group therapy opportunities multiple times per day while working to heal from depression. Among the topics that may be covered during group therapy sessions, the following are those that children and adolescents may talk about with our staff and their peers:
- Education on mental health conditions
- Stress management
- Anxiety management
- Any topics that may be relevant to the group that influence positive treatment outcomes
- Art therapy
- Medication education
- Coping skills
- Crisis intervention
Education services: At Riverview Behavioral Health, we will do all that we can to prevent disruption in our young patients’ education while they are receiving care for depression. Because of this initiative, while a child or adolescent is partaking in our inpatient care, he or she will participate in the education services that we offer each day. We have certified teachers onsite who will conduct lesson plans, assist with schoolwork, and help children and adolescents continue working towards any academic endeavors that they may have.
Family therapy: Because the success of our young patients’ healing journeys are often reliant on the support they have with their family members and/or other loved ones, we, at Riverview Behavioral Health, include family therapy in our child and adolescent inpatient programming. Offered at least one time each week, family therapy sessions are conducted by our staff and can help youth and those closest to them understand depression better and forge healthier bonds that can support emotional wellness for all involved. We strongly encourage family members to participate in these sessions, as we believe that children and adolescents experience more favorable treatment outcomes when they know they have the backing of their families and loved ones.
Family program: Whether a child or teen has been battling depression for some time, or if a young person has been recently diagnosed with depression, family members and/or legal guardians often have several questions about their child’s mental health and require support of their own during this time in their lives. For these reasons, Riverview Behavioral Health is pleased to offer a family program that allows parents, guardians, and loved ones to participate in group therapy opportunities, partake in educational lectures about mental health conditions, and benefit from the support of other families who have a loved one grappling with mental health concerns. This program does require preregistration in order to attend, and all who come for this invaluable service will leave with a greater understanding of their child’s condition and of themselves as providers of support for him or her.
Depending on the needs of the child or teen who is suffering from depression, the interventions that are incorporated into the customized treatment plan that is created can vary. Some methods of care will occur more or less frequently, though each youth is able to participate in any of the interventions that we offer. We make the treatment planning process personalized so that each young person is able to experience the most favorable treatment outcomes possible.
Furthermore, in addition to personalized treatment planning, each patient in our child and adolescent inpatient program receives individualized discharge planning. From the moment that they are admitted, our staff plans for each youth’s discharge so that children and teens have the follow-up supports and resources in place that will allow them to continue managing depression symptoms in a healthy manner. Among the supports and services that a youth may access, we are pleased to provide therapeutic day treatment and school-based services that can assist young people in improving their emotional wellness while receiving a top notch education at the same time as healing from depression.
If your child or an important youth in your life could benefit from the world class care that Riverview Behavioral Health has to offer, feel free to contact our center at your convenience to learn more about the programming options we have available. At Riverview, we strive to improve the lives of every young person who is entrusted to our care, and we believe that we can help a child or adolescent in your life as well. Call today to schedule an assessment with our staff and let today be the first day of a better life for a youth you know.