Whetstone Helps Boys with Depression
Depression is an omnipresent sensation of hopelessness, despondency and worthlessness that surrounds his life, leaving him in distress without relief. Symptoms of depression can include loss of interest in once-enjoyed activities and hobbies, changes in appetite, weight or sleep, reduced energy, irritability, self-hatred, a hard time concentrating and inexplicable aches and pains. Many people do not accurately understand Depression, and some who suffer from it are disinclined to seek treatment, troubled by the shame that may be attached to being identified with the illness.
Finding Help for Your Young Teen Boy
Treatment for depression normally requires at least some level of professional assistance. Therapy might well be combined with medication to help your son regain a more balanced approach to life’s challenges, allowing him to reveal root causes of the depression as well as provide effective coping strategies for dealing with the feelings of helplessness and anguish. He might find respite of symptoms by making healthy changes in his nutritional and exercise habits, or by adding stress management techniques. Most people respond well to treatments, and have partial or total recovery from symptoms.
As parents, it may be difficult to recognize the symptoms. Often you may notice irritability rather than sadness. Your son may also demonstrate enmity, crabbiness and loss of temper. Teen depression can often lead to self-medication with drugs or alcohol, and create problems with schoolwork. Depression is also a major cause of teen suicide, emphasizing the consequence of seeking treatment early for problems rather than hoping things will work out on their own.
Here to Help You and Your Young Teen Boy
Whetstone Boys Ranch is a therapeutic Christian school that serves struggling boys (ages 12-16) and their families. Here boys live, learn, work and grow as they experience essential individual, group and family therapy–plus excellent academics, exciting outdoor adventures, and useful hands-on tasks. We believe in sharpening the character of young men to become true servant-leaders in their families and communities.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17 NIV
Since 2011, Whetstone’s purpose centers on the reconciliation of boys and their families. Whetstone treats struggles such as anger, depression, low self-esteem and trauma with a loving, systems-based approach. And this comprehensive method of treatment and restoration sets us apart.
We want to help your boy struggling with depression.
Please call us today. (417) 934-1112