Treatment for Depression at Hillside
Hillside is one of the best residential treatment centers for depression in Georgia, with a professional staff fully trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). We use the most effective treatment methods for psychiatric treatment of children, teens and young adults in both our residential and outpatient programs.
Sometimes kids wrestle with mental health issues they cannot resolve on their own, and Hillside is able to provide them with the tools they need to succeed while helping families heal.
What Is Depression?
Depression is more than just feeling sad or being blue. It is a relatively common mental illness that can become dangerous and even life-threatening. It is not unusual for children — especially adolescents — to experience depression, and when they do they need your help.
Depression can start as a bad mood, stem from an incident at school, be a natural part of a developmental phase, or seemingly have no cause at all. The brain chemistry that regulates moods can be altered by persistent bad feelings or prolonged periods of stress. After several weeks, the brain almost forgets how to be happy.
Moods and other thought patterns work like pathways through your brain. When one pathway is continually used, alternate routes become harder and harder to discover. The brain gets into the habit of being sad, and then it cannot break the pattern.
Signs Your Child May be Dealing w ith Depression
If you child is aware they are experiencing depression, they might try to hide it. When you ask them how they are feeling, the response may not be convincing, though. Since depression is more than just a bad mood, there are signs you can look for to determine if your child is depressed. These signs should help you tell the difference between a bad mood and real depression:
• Prolonged sadness or hopelessness
• Increased sensitivity to rejection
• Crying or loud outbursts
• Changes in sleep patterns
• Changes in appetite
• Withdrawing from social interactions
• Irritability or sudden bursts of unwarranted anger
• Unusual fatigue
• Poor school performance
• Complaints of physical ailments like stomachaches, with no discernible cause
• A preoccupation with death
• Short attention span
Your teenager may exhibit any of these signs and be perfectly fine. The teenage years can be more challenging to some due to the life transitions and physical changes. Hillside’s clinical staff has the expertise and experience to help distinguish the difference between typical and atypical teenage behaviors as well as provide the best course of treatment.
Depression Treatment Options at Hillside
Hillside has one of the best residential depression treatment centers in Georgia, as well as an outpatient facility and a Community Intervention Program to meet your families unique needs. We use various treatment modalities to reduce self-destructive behaviors in kids with depression and help Manage their depressive symptoms in the most effective way. Our goal is to teach kids the skills to deal with depression and enable the families learn effective ways to communicate love and support.
Academic work is a big part of our residential treatment program. Our teachers and staff provide the support our clients need in order to become successful in the classroom. Most children respond positively to the residential treatment programs for depression in Georgia at the Hillside campus.
Contact Hillside today to learn more about our depression treatment center in Georgia and to find out if it is right for your child.
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