Teenage life can be challenging.
Parents, friends, relationships, and social media can all cause major stress in your life – especially during the summer, when you have lots of spare time on your hands.
You may even feel so depressed and anxious you think you think something’s wrong with you.
Let’s address that immediately:
If you feel depressed and anxious, there’s nothing wrong with you.
You may have a mental disorder – such as a depressive disorder or anxiety disorder – that needs professional treatment. If that’s the case, thinking there’s something wrong with you because of it would be like thinking that there’s something wrong with you if you contracted a chronic illness.
It’s just not true.
Yes: you may have a condition that needs treatment.
No: there is nothing fundamentally wrong with you as a person.
If you live with depression or anxiety, day treatment can help you manage your symptoms and get you back to living life on your terms. You’ll learn practical techniques, right away, that you can use every day. You don’t have to let a mental health condition interrupt your regularly scheduled programming: you can change the channel back to the real you.
But how can you tell whether you have actual depression and/or anxiety, or your moods and emotions are typical for teens?
Depression and Anxiety: Signs and Symptoms in Teens
If you experience any of the following symptoms every day for more than two straight weeks, there’s a chance you have a depressive disorder:
- Sadness or emptiness
- Crying for unknown reasons
- Feeling irritable, hostile, or angry
- Hopelessness or pessimism
- Feeling worthless or helpless
- Loss of interest in things you love
- Feeling guilty all the time
- Constantly tired and low energy
- Social isolation
- Restlessness and agitation
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Decision-making problems
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Eating too little or too much
- Extreme weight loss or gain
- Thinking about, talking about, or attempting suicide
Physical symptoms of depression may include headaches or stomach aches without a clear physical cause, which don’t respond to typical treatment.
All anxiety disorders share a common trait: persistent, excessive fear or worry in non-threatening situation.
In addition, you may feel emotional and physical symptoms:
- Fear of regular daily situations
- Extreme restlessness or irritability
- Always assuming the worst outcome
- Extreme agitation or nervousness
- Fast heart rate/hyperventilating
- Insomnia, fatigue, headaches
- Nausea, sweating, tremors
- Frequent trips to the bathroom
If you experience one or more of those symptoms every day for more than two straight weeks, there’s a chance you have an anxiety disorder.
Day treatment can help you manage these symptoms and regain control of your life.
How Does Day Treatment Work?
Day treatment is like residential rehab, with one big difference: at the end of a full day of treatment, you get to go back home to your family, eat a home-cooked meal, and sleep in your own bed.
During a day treatment program at Evolve, you will get:
- An individualized plan tailored to your specific needs
- 5-6 hours or treatment per day, 5 days a week.
- 2 individual therapy sessions a week
- 1 family therapy session a week
- 1 psychiatry session a week
- Academic support as needed
- Therapeutic groups: Seeking Safety, Client-Centered Group, 12-Step Panel
- Multifamily Groups, Parent Support Groups, and Family Dinners
You’ll also take part in our wide range of experiential activities:
- Social Outings
- Physical Fitness
Treatment for Depression and Anxiety Works
During treatment, you’ll learn a lot about yourself and your condition. You’ll learn the brain science behind it, you’ll learn how it affect you in particular, and, most importantly, you’ll learn tools and strategies to manage your symptoms so you can get back to doing what really matters: living life as a teenager on your terms, the way you want, and in the manner of your choosing.