Depression is a mental health disorder that can lead to a wide variety of psychological and physical symptoms in those who are affected by it. While it has been estimated that between 4% and 8% of adolescents are depressed, depression in adolescents is likely underdiagnosed due to the difficulty in recognizing symptoms. Best known to cause extreme and consistent sadness, depression in adolescents can also be accompanied by irritability, difficulties in school, changes in sleeping and/or eating habits, and feelings of worthlessness. Depression is a serious condition that is much more than just a bout of the blues because it is persistent and usually interferes with the adolescent’s ability to get along with family and friends, succeed academically, and participate in normal daily events.
Resolute Treatment Center has been a provider of expert services for the treatment of male youth with sexually maladaptive disorders, as well as co-occurring mental health disorders, since 1995. We provide a broad continuum of care designed to meet the needs of every child and family based upon individual needs and risks of each situation. Depression and sexually maladaptive disorders are treatable conditions and the staff at Resolute can help your child get his life back on track. We can help your child learn the tools needed to work through his emotional struggles and learn how to more effectively cope with his feelings. Let us help.
Helping a Loved One of Family Member Get Treatment
It can sometimes be very difficult to differentiate the signs of depression from the occasional bad mood, acting out, and negative attitude that most adolescents experience from time to time. It is not uncommon for the transition from childhood into adulthood to bring about conflict and anger as they are trying to cope with all of the changes that accompany growing up. If you are unsure if your child is depressed, you should seek out the advice of a medical or mental health professional to get some advice. Here are some signs that may indicate the presence of depression in your child:
- Excessively and persistently sad mood
- Diminished interest or pleasure
- Changes in weight or appetite
- Changes in sleep
- Slowed movement
- Fatigue / loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Impaired concentration
Why Consider Treatment at Resolute
More often than not, adolescents are unaware that what they have been feeling and the changes in their emotions or ability to interact with others are the result of depression. All of these psychological and physical changes can have serious, life-altering consequences for an adolescent, laying the foundation for future depressive episodes if it is not recognized and treated. Adolescents who are depressed will often have difficulty with school work, experience decreased involvement of daily activities and responsibilities, and have a hard time getting along with others, including family members. They may suffer from health complaints such as headaches, chronic fatigue, and persistent abdominal pain. Additionally, depressed adolescents are at a higher risk for engaging in high-risk behaviors including, but not limited to, having unsafe sex, smoking, drinking, and making suicide attempts.
While depression is serious condition that needs immediate attention, the good news is that it is completely treatable. However, it is still important to seek mental health assistance as soon as possible in order to help prevent some of the negative consequences. For adolescents that are struggling with depression, especially with accompanying sexually maladaptive behavior, a residential treatment program that specializes in treating both disorders is usually going to be the best treatment option. A residential treatment program provides your child with a safe, structured environment, free from the distractions of the outside world allowing for his entire focus to be placed on recovery. Additionally, residential programs provide closely monitored medication management and a variety of therapeutic methods all designed to help adolescents succeed in school, develop and maintain healthy relationships, and feel more self-confident.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Resolute remains the only treatment center in the state of Indiana that exclusively treats adolescent males with sexually maladaptive disorders. We are committed to providing the best care in the least restrictive setting possible, and it is our unwavering goal to return each child to the community as a productive and responsible member of society. At Resolute, we believe that each child and family is unique and that they have inherited strengths that can be built upon to guide and support the treatment process. We are dedicated to ensuring the success of each child, the reunification of every family, and the long standing happiness that is deserved by each individual.
Types of Treatment Offered at Resolute
At Resolute Treatment Center, we offer a unique, multifaceted therapeutic program that is designed to give every child the chance to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Treatment at Resolute is guided by highly qualified, expertly trained, and compassionately caring professionals. We offer a wide variety of therapeutic interventions that help children maximize their potential through recreational interventions, clinical interventions, strong academic programming, and positive relationship building with peers and adults. At Resolute, we believe that when children explore and discover their inherent strengths in a structured, nature-based environment, their self-esteem, compassion, coping skills, and social skills will improve. In order to help our patients achieve all of their goals, the following treatment methods are executed throughout their stay at Resolute:
Medication management: Many times, in the case of depression, adolescents will be prescribed an anti-depressant to help them get their symptoms under control while they work through the recovery process. All patients meet with a psychiatrist at least once a month in order to ensure the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Individual therapy: Patients participate in a minimum of one individual therapy session per week, but more sessions can be added based on individual needs. These sessions are designed to be a time for adolescents to meet one-on-one with a therapist in order to discuss specific concerns and to focus on the development and application of new skills.
Group therapy: Both psycho-educational and process groups, including a daily sexual process group, are held on a daily basis. These sessions are curriculum-based and trauma-focused. Special ancillary groups are also held regularly and include topics such as assault cycles, trauma outcomes, and healthy relationships.
Family therapy: At Resolute, we view family involvement in the treatment process as a necessary part of ensuring that each child’s treatment is both effective and long-lasting. Family sessions are held at a minimum of once every two weeks, but more are added when requested or deemed appropriate.
School programming: We know how important a child’s education is and so we make sure that each patient receives the services he needs in order to remain on track educationally. Our onsite school is fully accredited and meets daily from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
In addition to the previously mentioned services, Resolute also offers the following:
- Psychological testing
- Clinical polygraph testing (when necessary)
- Relapse prevention and protection planning
- Reunification and aftercare planning
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Resolute Treatment Center, we recognize that recovery is an ongoing process and does not end when an adolescent leaves our program. In order to ensure continued success, our multidisciplinary staff works at creating thorough aftercare planning for each patient. We work intensively with adolescents as they become reunified with their families and begin reintegrating back into the community.
For those adolescents who are not yet ready to, or are unable to, return home, but no longer require the intensive treatment of the residential setting, Resolute offers two step-down group homes, Success and Polaris, for those patients who have successfully completed residential programming. These homes provide an open residential setting that is less restrictive, yet still provides 24 hour supervision.
Whatever your child’s long-term needs may be, Resolute Treatment Center will do all that we can to ensure continued success and lasting recovery so that he can move forwards toward a happy, healthy, and productive future.