Teen Depression Group

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.”)
  • Irritability
  • Tearfulness
  • Apathy
  • 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.

Call us at (512) 246-7225

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.

If you have any additional questions please contact us at 512-246-7225. If you are ready to get started, please visit our client portal.