Adolescent/Teen Depression Therapy – Bucks County, Pa.

If you have arrived on this page it is because you have a teen/adolescent who is suffering from depression. You may have seen signs the last few weeks or months that your teen is sad, isolated or withdrawn. Your teen may be spending a lot of time in their room. Your teen may have lost interest in activities. They may be sleeping a lot or not enough. Their appetite may have increased or decreased. Mostly you just see that the child/teen you once knew as bubbly or happy is not themselves. It is a constant worry. We are hear to help.

TREATMENT FOR ADOLESCENT DEPRESSION:

We begin with an Intake Evaluation to assess how severe the depression is at this time. We assess if there are any suicidal thoughts or ideations. We question whether the client is performing self harm such as cutting. We also try to assess what triggered the depression to take hold in the first place. We try to determine is there was an event that triggered it, or was it just a slow progression of feeling sadder and sadder each day. Adolescents with depression worry their parents and family members. The parents often are constantly asking “is everything ok”. This leads sometimes to the teens retreating further into themselves because they oftentimes don’t have a good answer for this.

EMOTIONAL CHANGES FOR TEENS WITH DEPRESSION:

– Feelings of sadness, which can include crying spells for no apparent reason
– Frustration or feelings of anger, even over small matters
– Feeling hopeful or empty
– Irritable or annoyed mood
– Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
– Loss of interest in, or conflict with, family and friends
– Low self-esteem
– Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
– Fixation on past failures or exaggerated self-blame or self-criticism
– Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure, and the need for excessive reassurance
– Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
– Ongoing sense that life and the future are griming and bleak
– Frequent thoughts of death, dying and suicide

BEHAVIOR CHANGES FOR TEENS WITH DEPRESSION:

– Tiredness and loss of energy
– Insomnia or sleeping too much
– Changes in appetite – decreased appetite and weight loss, or increased cravings for food and weight gain
– Use of alcohol or drugs
– Agitation or restlessness – for example pacing, hand wringing or an inability to sit still
– Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
– Frequent complaints of unexplained body aches and headaches, which may include frequent visits to the school nurse
– Social isolation
– Poor school performance or frequent absences from school
– Less attention to personal hygiene or appearance
– Angry outbursts, disruptive or risky behavior, or other acting-out behaviors
– Self-harm – for example cutting, burning, or excessive piercing or tattooing
– Making a suicide plan or a suicide attempt

We can help, Please contact our offices and we can set up an appointment today.

Our Approach

As always, we begin with an intake evaluation conducted by a therapist in our office to assess the severity and type of anxiety. If medication is an option to consider, we also set up a psychiatric visit. Treatment generally involves talk therapy, developing DBT skills, possible medication, and developing anti-anxiety behavior techniques. With permission from the patient, we may collaborate with family members, guidance counselors and family doctors during the course of treatment.

Call our offices today to set up an appointment with a therapist if you or a loved one are struggling with anxiety or depression.