Is your teen experiencing symptoms of depression?
All teens experience ups and downs; however, if your teen is exhibiting prolonged periods of irritability and/or sadness he or she may be experiencing depression. Depression is more than moodiness, which is typical during adolescence. It affects a child’s sleep patterns, appetite, relationships, and academic performance. Despite the risks associated with untreated depression and decades of research supporting cognitive behavioral therapy, it is estimated that 60% of children and teens with diagnosable depression are not receiving treatment.
How To Recognize Depression
- Sadness, anxiety, or a feeling of hopelessness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excessive or inappropriate guilt
- Harsh self-assessment (“I’m ugly. No one likes me. I’ll never make friends.”)
- Complaints of pains, including headaches, stomaches, and fatigue
- Preoccupation with death and dying
- Staying awake at night and sleeping during the day
- Withdrawal from friends and/or family
- Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
- Changes in appetite
- Rapid weight loss or gain
- Sudden decline in academic performance
With effective treatment, your teen can experience freedom from depression. Group therapy can be particularly helpful during adolescence because, developmentally, connecting with peers becomes a priority during this time. Consider providing your teen with a unique opportunity to learn and practice skills that will last a lifetime.
Coping with Depression is a 16-week, CBT group for teenagers.
Goals of the Group Include
- improving mood
- increasing self-esteem
- learning how to challenge unhelpful patterns of thinking
- being assertive and expressing opinions
- increasing pleasant activities
- learning relaxation strategies to help cope hope with stress
- developing problem-solving skills
- improving social skills
- developing supportive, closer relationships
The negotiation and problem-solving skills (weeks 12-14) are taught jointly with parents and teens so they can learn to communicate effectively.
Thursday 6:00-7:00 pm
205 Wild Basin Rd. Suite 3-202
Austin, TX 78746
For more information about depression or to enroll your child in our teen depression group call (512) 246-7225 or email us at [email protected] We are currently accepting new group members at our West Lake Hills therapy office.