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October 2010

Treating Teen Depression

by Staff, on at risk youth, teen depression, teen depression treatment, treating teen depression, treatment for depression

When teen depression is determined it is important to get appropriate therapy. In some cases group therapy is necessary, in other even medication is an option, but one thing is absolutely necessary, and that is that the teen is comfortable with the treatment or it will not be a successful one.

In most cases teen depression is treated with medication. The most common type of medication give to depressed teens is SSRI type of medication or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. Genetic forms of depression are usually related to serotonin levels so these medications are given in order to suppress or increase the serotonin levels in our body.

In most cases the medication treatment is based on trial and error, so your teen may have to go through several types of medications and doses until the right treatment is found. The fact is that some of these antidepressants have side effects, so it is important for the family and friends to watch out for those side effects.

The best case scenario would be a group home therapy or a residential treatment center. There your child can learn and the therapy itself can help your teen learn about the negative thought pattern and learn how to change it and identify the causes of depression. Other things that can be achieved with such therapy are improvement of emotional balance and social skills like finding a better solution to the problems and increasing social skills.

Other form of teen depression therapy includes family therapy, which is needed especially if there is a family history of depression. One form of teen depression therapy that is not so popular but is still used in some cases is the electroshock therapy, ECT or electroconvulsive therapy. This is not a recommended form of therapy for any form of depression, but people still tend to opt for it due to lack of success of other forms of teen depression therapies. You should know that side effects of this type of therapy include memory loss, nausea and headaches.

There are some things you yourself can do with your friends and with your family to treat your depression, like making sure that the therapy is going to plan and that you do not stray off or try any alternative methods without the consent of your doctor. Eating healthy and getting enough exercise will help your body relax and relieve stress. Do anything that makes you feel good, participate in positive activities, try keeping a journal and think positive, believe that you will be better.

These are just some forms of therapy available and things you can do to help your depression treatment succeed. If you suffer from depression or if you are a family member or a friend of someone that suffers from depression, be sure to help that someone and always be at disposal, so for those that suffer from depression it is always good to have someone around. Staff