Treatment For Teenage Depression

How to Treat Depressed Teenagers?

There are many ways to deal with depression but when matters rotate around teen depression, we have to think a bit more seriously. Although there are many predicted and effective ways to deal with teen depression, yet for a permanent solution, long term co-ordination between peers and parents is most important.

Treatment of teen depression ranges from antidepressants medicines to psychotherapy and in some cases both are prescribed though serious cases need hospitalization.

Depression is vey commonly viewed from psychological perspective where attitude towards life is the most important factor. Depressed teens loose the urge to live life and so take everything on themselves.

Antidepressants are very helpful as they stand as a barrier in between the swinging mood of depressed teens and the consequences such as attempt to suicide. Antidepressants are also popular as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Common and most used (SSRLs) are fluoxetine and paroxetine. Tricyclic and tetra cyclic antidepressants also used that affect the neurotransmitters. Amitriptyline, desipramine (Norpramin), nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor), protriptyline (Vivactil), trimipramine (Surmontil) are some common tri cyclic antidepressants.

Imagine if you had been in the same position, how would you feel if you would be tampered every now and then in the name of interrogation? Respecting the thoughts, feelings and secreting the privacy of the teen is very important. This would make the teenager more relaxed and that in turn would strengthen the bonds.

Talk therapy or Psychotherapy, is process to determine the severity of the depression and choose the most appropriate path of treatment. Teenagers in depression react in many unpredictable ways. Behavioral therapy guides them to react in any trouble situations. Sudden reactions to fear, worry, anger can be managed. The best part of behavioral therapy is that it teaches the teenager to calm the mind and body, as a result of which attitude towards life changes gradually. It also requires participation from parents and friends. Cognitive therapy helps a teenager to think in a more positive way and find way out through troubled times. Studies have proved that teenagers receiving therapies have lower depression levels.

The matter doesn’t end with the therapies but the time after treatment is as important as during the therapies. The relapses can be prevented by adapting to a healthy lifestyle, avoiding alcohol and all sorts of illegal drugs, sticking to a regular exercise pattern, managing stress and resting mind and the body as much as possible.

Always remember that all individuals react differently to various drugs and therapies. To love and be loved can change the whole picture.

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