If you’re depressed, you may not see any color in your world – everything may feel grey and black and the walls may feel as if they are closing in on you. You may find your energy is lower than usual and there are some days that you can hardly get out of bed. It may be hard to focus at school or hang out with friends who just don’t get the way you’re feeling. You may find that you want to be by yourself more of the time and don’t have patience for your loved ones. Depression in teens and children is far more common than once thought and it’s important that you seek help as soon as you can. Life doesn’t have to be so dark; there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Piney Ridge Center has spent nearly two decades helping children and teens that struggle with sexually maladaptive behaviors and depression learn the skills needed to become productive members of society. Through our residential treatment program, you’ll bond with others who have similar challenges and live on our campus, away from the stresses of everyday life. Our welcoming, serene, and structured environment allows us to give you the attention you need when you need it most.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Seek Treatment
If your child or teen has abruptly become sad, preferring to spend time alone, or is now withdrawing from once-loved activities, you’re probably unsure if it’s typical teenage moodiness or something more severe. He or she may express feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness about the future – it can be hard to tell the difference between normal teen angst and something more serious. If you suspect your child may be dealing with depression, it’s very important to seek help for your child. Here are some signs of teen depression:
- Pain-related complaints that do not abate with treatment
- Difficulties concentrating and making decisions
- Irresponsible behaviors
- Rebellious behaviors
- Excessive guilt
- Preoccupation with death or dying
- Sadness, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness
Why Seek Residential Treatment at Piney Ridge?
If you’ve been struggling with untreated depression, you may feel that your life and existence is worthless. You may be engaging in self-harming behaviors in order to cope with the feelings and let out some of the self-hatred you may feel. You may be using drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with the feelings you’re having, only to find that it’s creating greater problems in your life. You may wonder if suicide is the only way you can make these horrible feelings stop. You’re not alone – many people have struggled with teen or childhood depression and successfully recovered.
A residential treatment center that treats children and teens struggling with both sexually maladaptive behaviors and major depression is an ideal setting for these children and teens to begin the road to recovery. A residential center allows children and teens to escape their home environment and focus upon recovery as they learn to heal from depression and learn the skills needed to lead a happy and healthy life. In a residential center, you’ll be able to connect with other teens that have sexually maladaptive behaviors as well as a major mental health concern and you will work together to grow, learn, and heal.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Piney Ridge Center has helped many children and teens who have depression and sexual problems learn the skills necessary to lead a happy, fulfilled life. We understand that there’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach to care, so we make certain to tailor our approach to each child or teen who comes to us for help. Our multidisciplinary team of mental and behavioral health experts work tirelessly to ensure each child or teen is achieving his or her own potential and making strides toward a brighter future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Piney Ridge
When you first come to us for help with your depression and deviant sexual behaviors, you’ll undergo a comprehensive evaluation process that will best help us create a plan of care that meets your current and ongoing needs. Our medical evaluation will help us determine if you are facing any medical problems and begin treatment while our psychiatric evaluation will delve more into your depression, diagnose any co-occurring disorders, and determine the type of inappropriate sexual behaviors. We’ll sit down with you and your family to create a plan of care for your stay with us.
Medication may be used to help you with your depression. Some antidepressants are available for children and teens, and if needed, we will work with you to see if these medications will be helpful in your recovery. Other people may only require short-term medication management. The usage of medication will be based upon the findings of the treatment team.
Individual therapy is held once per week, with more as needed, and is designed to help you work through some of the concerns and issues you are facing. You may work on the problematic sexual behaviors you’re facing or focus upon the depression you’re dealing with. You’ll have some one-on-one time to discuss the roots of your problems, real-life ways to cope with them, and development of life skills needed to lead a productive life.
Group therapy is held daily and allows you to work through your problems in an open, therapeutic environment conducive to healing. Group topics vary and may include life skills, anger management, sexual activity, family issues, and empathy skills. Some groups will be same-sex only while others may incorporate both boys and girls.
Family therapy is held weekly and family visitation is held three times per week. We’ll work with your loved ones to help educate them about depression and recovery, explore issues in the family dynamic that may have contributed to the deviant sexual behaviors, and teach your loved ones ways they can help you during your recovery.
In addition to standard therapeutic approaches, we offer a variety of therapeutic interventions to complement these modalities. These include:
- Individualized school-based programming
- Expressive therapies
- Recreational activities
- Spiritual guidance
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
As the time for your discharge approaches, you’ll work closely with your discharge team to determine next best options for your continued care. We can help you find independent living situations, work with local colleges, or help you enlist into the military. Other clients opt to join a step-down program such as a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP). These services allow you to work through your continued challenges during the day while transitioning back into your community in the evenings. Other clients opt to step down into traditional outpatient therapy and community support services.