Depression is a common, whole-body condition that can arise out of challenging or traumatic situations, or result from a chemical imbalance in the brain. In younger people, depression may be mistaken for “teenage moodiness.” Depression heavily impacts motivation and concentration, and can become debilitating and potentially dangerous. Ensuring that someone suffering from depression is connected to the right resources is critical to improvement, and in some cases, life-saving.
How Do You Know If It’s a Problem?
Feelings of sadness and grief are natural responses to stress and loss, and an important part of coming to terms with and processing a traumatic event. However, when these feelings extend over a long period of time and begin to impact your social, work, or school life, this could signal depression. Some symptoms of depression include:
- Low mood
- Sadness, including frequent crying
- Guilt, self-blame
- Unexplained anger
- Trouble concentrating
- Unexplained changes in sleeping and eating patterns
- Loss of interest in activities, work, school, social or family life
In more severe cases, suicidal thoughts, with planning or attempts can be seen. Co-occurring disorders or addictions may also be present, with self-medication a common theme among those attempting to deal with depression.
Seeking professional help is essential in both determining the root cause of the depression and in laying out an appropriate treatment plan for improving your quality of life.
What Treatment Is Available?
People with depression may consider inpatient or outpatient treatment options, though for more severe cases of depression, residential programmes are generally recommended. Potential treatment methods include cognitive behavioural therapy, pharmacological support, and intensive group therapy—all of which strive to stabilise and support the patient as they work toward recovery.
At The Edge, our experienced team of professionals fully understand the mind-body impacts of depression, and have developed an effective, specialised holistic treatment program specifically for young men. The Edge offers cognitive behavioural therapy, which works by changing the behaviours and thought patterns that perpetuate problematic coping mechanisms.
Additional components of our treatment include individual and group therapy sessions, and a range of physical activities, which are designed to support, heal, and re-energise participants with depression.
Our resort-like inpatient centre is located in a peaceful, natural environment where participants can safely explore new paths and discover new ways to really live. Find out more by reaching out to us for a free and confidential consultation today.