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"New Vision Therapy, PLLV - Making Positive Changes Towards Depression in Adolescents..."

One major health problem that is on the increase is depression in adolescents. According to PewResearch.org, after taking a poll in 2018, they discovered that 7 out of 10 teenagers between the ages of 13 to 17 experienced depression and anxiety. Females seem to suffer from this condition the most.


Depression in adolescents can result in mood disorders, feelings of perceptual sadness, and a loss of interest in things that you normally would find fun. It can lead to a variety of physical symptoms, such as fatigue, irritability, sleep disturbance, loss of appetite, pain, and possibly thoughts of suicide. In addition to it wreaking havoc on the body, depression might result in other maladies, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. Teens are often diagnosed with depression, but not always given professional treatment for it.


Seeking psychotherapy should be one of the first steps to supporting an adolescent with depression. This should be done before doling out prescription medication. A mental healthcare worker will talk with and counsel the young person who is suffering from depression, to discover what is creating the problems, and how they can bring a change to the situation.


Types of Therapy Mental Health Facilities May Offer for Depression in Adolescents


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a combination of two therapies - cognitive and behavioral. It can be used to treat various mental issues. Studies have shown that CBT is as effective as medication for treating adolescents with depression. This physiological treatment is designed to help teens understand how their thoughts, actions, and behaviors are related. It aims to teach them new coping strategies so they can better manage their problems. It has been found to be very useful in helping adolescents overcome anxiety disorders and other emotional problems as well.


Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT-A)

Interpersonal Therapy is a treatment focused on helping teens work with the reasons for their depression by noticing how they interact with others. It focuses on improving social interactions and relationships as well as clarifying difficulties between the adolescent and themselves and their family members, resulting in enhancing the adolescent’s ability to cope with stressors. The objective of the treatment is to help the adolescents to decrease their feelings of negativity and increase positive vibes about the future path they are on. Studies have shown that interpersonal therapy can be an effective form of treatment for adolescent depression .


Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

A type of cognitive behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed in the early 1980s by Marsha Linehan. It was to help individuals with borderline personality disorder, but has since been adapted for use in treating a variety of mental health illnesses, including depression and substance abuse. Dialectical behavior therapy is designed to help teenagers gain more control over their emotions and make them more aware of the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It consists of four main skills: emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.


These are just a few ways to help adolescents dealing with depression. Treatment should be tailored to each person based on their needs and preferences.


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For more information on how we can help you or your loved ones, please visit New Vision Therapy, PLLV at www.newvision therapy.org. Also, you can call 336-517-3770. We are here to help those who might be suffering with mental health issues, substance abuse, and more.


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