Being a teenager or young adult can bring a lot of ups and downs. There’s so much to navigate within and all around you from school, social pressures, navigating a new career, and more.

However, with these changes, teens and young adults may experience shifts in their moods, such as mild to severe depression. Oftentimes, the best ways to manage depression is through treatment that can help them manage and overcome this challenging mental condition.

At Navita Health, we specialize in helping teens and young adults overcome depression with comprehensive and personalized care. 

From therapy to holistic lifestyle changes, there are strategies and interventions designed to support you on your journey toward long-term mental health and well-being. 

Read on to learn about treatment options for depression and how they can help.

How Does Depression Treatment Work?

Depression treatment aims to ease symptoms, improve overall functioning, and enhance quality of life. 

It typically involves a combination of therapeutic interventions, medication management, and lifestyle adjustments tailored to address your unique needs and circumstances.

Symptoms of depression can manifest in various ways, including: 

  • Persistent feelings of sadness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

At Navita Health, we offer comprehensive and personalized depression treatment programs for adolescents and adults. 

Our approach to depression treatment aligns with the whole-person philosophy, recognizing the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. 

Treatment may last for several weeks to several months, with regular monitoring and adjustments made as necessary to ensure optimal outcomes.

By addressing the underlying factors contributing to depression, you can achieve significant improvements in your symptoms and overall quality of life. 

At Navita Health, we are committed to empowering teens and adults to overcome depression and thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Depression Treatment Services

Our health care professionals offer a range of comprehensive depression treatment services designed to address the diverse needs of adolescents and adults with depression.

Our multidisciplinary approach incorporates evidence-based interventions and holistic therapies to support you on your journey toward recovery and well-being.

Depression treatment is available in our residential treatment and outpatient treatment programs.

Medication Management

Antidepressant medications may help people manage and treat depression neurochemically. 

Effective medications may include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), like fluoxetine (Prozac) and escitalopram (Lexapro).

These medications work by increasing the levels of serotonin and/or norepinephrine in the brain, which can help alleviate symptoms of depression. 

While generally safe, these medications may cause side effects, such as nausea, insomnia, suicidal thoughts, or changes in appetite. 

Our healthcare providers closely monitor guests’ response to medication and adjust dosages or switch medications as needed to minimize side effects.

Individual Therapy Sessions

Individual therapy sessions provide teens and adults with a safe and supportive space to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to depression. 

Evidence-based psychotherapy options, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), are effective in: 

  • Helping adolescents identify and change negative thought patterns
  • Develop coping skills
  • Regulate emotions

Support Groups

Support groups offer teens the opportunity to connect with peers who are facing similar challenges, reducing feelings of isolation and providing validation and encouragement. 

Group members share experiences, offer support, and learn from one another’s coping strategies, fostering a sense of belonging and understanding.

Family Therapy

Family therapy plays a crucial role in the treatment of adolescent depression, as it involves the entire family in understanding and addressing the challenges associated with this mental health condition.

By including family members in therapy sessions, awareness of depression symptoms and their impact on daily life can increase. 

Communication patterns can be improved, and family dynamics can be strengthened, creating a supportive environment for the adolescent’s recovery.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT is a highly effective therapy option for adolescents with depression, focusing on emotion regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. 

By teaching practical skills to manage intense emotions, cope with distressing situations, and communicate effectively, DBT helps adolescents build resilience and develop healthier ways of coping with depression.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy combines elements of mindfulness meditation with cognitive-behavioral techniques. 

These aim to help adolescents become more aware of their thoughts and emotions and learn to respond to them in a more adaptive manner. 

By cultivating present-moment awareness and acceptance, mindfulness-based therapy can reduce symptoms of depression, reduce the risk of depressive relapse, and enhance overall well-being.

Somatic Experiential Therapy

Somatic experiential therapy focuses on the mind-body connection, helping teens or adults explore and process emotions through physical sensations and movements. 

By integrating physical experiences, breathwork, and mindfulness practices, somatic therapy can promote relaxation, stress reduction, and emotional healing.

Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapies offer additional ways for adolescents to explore self-expression, emotional processing, and symptom management. 

Effective alternative therapies at Navita Health for depression may include:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR helps teens process traumatic experiences and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety by facilitating the reprocessing of distressing memories.
  • Art therapy: Art therapy provides adolescents or adults with a creative outlet for expressing and exploring emotions, fostering self-expression, and promoting emotional healing.
  • Animal-assisted therapy: Interacting with therapy animals can reduce stress, improve mood, and increase social engagement for people with depression.
  • Equine therapy: Equine therapy involves activities with horses to promote emotional regulation, build self-confidence, and improve communication skills.

These therapies provide unique opportunities for teens and adults alike to engage in creative expression, connect with their emotions, and develop new coping skills.

Types of Depression We Treat

Depression can come in different types. From mild depression to severe depression, this mental illness can lead to various health problems like heart disease and anxiety disorders if left untreated.

At Navita Health, we are skilled at treating a range of depression types, such as:

Major Depression

In the United States, at least 5 million adolescents from 12 to 17 years old suffer from major depression that significantly affects their daily life. 

Major depression is a mental disorder characterized by episodes of depression where for a period of at least two weeks, the affected person is in a depressed mood. 

They may experience:

  • A loss of interest in daily activities
  • Social isolation
  • A lack of energy
  • Problems with sleeping and concentration
  • Weight gain or loss or overeating
  • Fixation on past failures or a low self worth

This can affect a teen’s school performance and lead to behavioral changes like substance use often used to deal with the feelings of depression.

Effective treatment for major depressive disorder may include:

  • Talk therapy, like Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A)
  • Antidepressant medications (e.g. tricyclic antidepressants), CBT
  • Physical activity 
  • Nutrition support and supplements
  • Support groups

Persistent Depressive Disorder

Persistent depressive disorder, formerly known as dysthymia, is a chronic form of depression lasting for two years or longer. 

Symptoms are similar to major depression but may be less severe. Individuals with persistent depressive disorder may experience periods of improvement followed by relapses. 

Treatment typically involves therapy, medication, and lifestyle adjustments to manage symptoms and improve overall quality of life.

Manic Depression (Bipolar Disorder)

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is characterized as a mood disorder with alternating periods of manic episodes and depressive episodes. 

During manic episodes, teens may experience elevated mood, increased energy, racing thoughts, and impulsive behavior. Depressive episodes are marked by symptoms of depression, such as sadness, fatigue, and feelings of worthlessness. 

Treatment for bipolar disorder often involves mood-stabilizing medications, therapy, and lifestyle management.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs seasonally, typically during the winter months when there is less natural sunlight. 

Symptoms may include low mood, irritability, changes in appetite or weight, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. 

Light therapy, psychotherapy, and medication may alleviate symptoms of SAD and improve mood during the darker months.

Psychotic Depression

Psychotic depression is a severe form of depression that includes psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions. 

People with psychotic depression may experience symptoms of major depression along with disturbances in perception or reality. 

Treatment typically involves a combination of antipsychotic medications and antidepressants, along with therapy to address underlying psychological issues.

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression occurs in mothers after giving birth and is characterized by feelings of sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion. 

Symptoms may include mood swings, irritability, difficulty bonding with the baby, and thoughts of harming oneself or the baby. 

Postpartum depression requires prompt treatment to ensure the well-being of both the mother and the baby. Therapy, support groups, medication, and lifestyle adjustments are often used to manage symptoms.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) characterized by extreme mood swings, irritability, and depression in the days leading up to menstruation. 

PMDD significantly interferes with daily functioning and may require treatment with medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to ease symptoms and improve quality of life.

Who Will Benefit from Depression Treatment?

Depression can affect people of all ages and backgrounds, and seeking treatment is essential for anyone experiencing symptoms of depression. 

At Navita Health, we believe that comprehensive treatment can significantly improve outcomes and quality of life for adolescents struggling with depression.

If you or your loved one are experiencing any depression symptoms, treatment may be right for you.

Depression is a treatable mental health condition, and reaching out for help is a courageous and important step toward healing and recovery.

Why Choose Navita for Your Teen’s Depression Treatment?

We understand the unique challenges adolescents and young adults face when dealing with depression. Thus, we are committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care tailored to meet their individual needs. 

Here are three reasons Navita Health is the ideal choice for your depression treatment:

Depression Care Customized to Your Needs

We recognize that every adolescent’s experience with depression is unique, and one-size-fits-all approaches may not be effective. That’s why we offer personalized treatment plans tailored to address your teen’s specific symptoms, challenges, and goals. 

Our team of professionals collaborates closely with each teen and their family to develop a comprehensive care plan that encompasses therapy, medication management, and holistic interventions. 

By customizing our approach to meet your teen’s individual needs, we can provide the most effective and meaningful care possible.

Commitment to Treatment Hospitality

We are committed to providing a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment for adolescents receiving depression treatment. From the moment you walk through our doors, you and your teen will be greeted with kindness, compassion, and respect. 

We are here to listen, support, and guide your teen every step of the way on their journey to healing and recovery. We understand the importance of creating a safe and nurturing space where teens feel comfortable expressing themselves and exploring their emotions. 

With our commitment to treatment hospitality, you can trust that your teen will receive the highest quality of care in a supportive and empowering environment.

Whole-Person Treatment Approach

At Navita Health, we believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms of depression. Our holistic treatment approach addresses the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of your teen’s well-being to promote comprehensive healing and long-term recovery. 

In addition to traditional therapy and medication management, we offer a range of evidence-based holistic therapies, such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and much more.

By integrating these complementary approaches into your teen’s treatment plan, we can help them develop coping skills, build resilience, and cultivate a sense of inner peace and balance. 

How Long Will Depression Treatment Last?

Depression treatment may range from 30 days or more, depending on the complexity of your teen’s condition, their progress in treatment, and insurance coverage. 

Some teens may benefit from short-term interventions focused on symptom management and crisis stabilization. 

Others, however, may need more intensive and long-term treatment of 60 days or more to address underlying issues and achieve lasting recovery.

Throughout treatment, our mental health professionals will closely monitor your teen’s progress, adjust their treatment plan as needed, and provide ongoing support and guidance.

Does Insurance Cover Depression Treatment in Texas?

Yes, insurance coverage for depression treatment in Texas is available; however, coverage can vary depending on the specific insurance plan, provider, and individual policy details. 

Review your insurance policy carefully to understand what mental health services are covered, and any associated costs, such as copayments, coinsurance, or deductibles. 

At Navita Health, we work with a variety of insurance providers to help our clients access the care they need. Our team can assist you in navigating insurance-related questions and concerns, verifying your coverage, and exploring payment options.

If you have questions about insurance coverage for depression treatment or need help in understanding your benefits, reach out to our team. We’re here to help you access the support and resources needed to prioritize your or your loved one’s mental health and well-being.

Find a Fresh Approach to Depression Treatment at Navita

Whether your teen is suffering from moderate to severe depression, Navita Health offers a fresh approach to treatment that prioritizes their wellbeing.

Our compassionate team of mental health professionals is here to provide personalized care tailored to the individual needs and circumstances of each of our guests.

With evidence-based therapies, medication management, and holistic interventions, we empower teens to develop coping skills, build resilience, and cultivate a sense of inner peace and balance. 
Take the first step toward healing and transformation by contacting Navita Health today. Your journey to a brighter tomorrow starts here.