Depression in Teenage Boys
Depression is more than simply sadness. It is a pervasive sense of helplessness, despair and worthlessness that engulfs his life, leaving him in distress, without relief. Symptoms of depression can include loss of interest in normal activities and hobbies, changes in appetite, weight or sleep, loss of energy, irritability, self-loathing, difficulty paying attention and unexplained aches and pains. Many people do not understand Depression, and some who suffer from it are reluctant to seek treatment, fearing the stigma attached to being identified with the illness.
Treatment for Depression normally requires at least some degree of professional assistance. Therapy might well be combined with medication to aid your boy in regaining a more balanced approach to life’s challenges, to help uncover root causes of the depression as well as provide effective coping strategies for dealing with the feelings of desolation. He might find relief by making healthy changes in his diet and exercise routine, or by adding stress management techniques. Most people respond well to treatments, and have partial or complete recovery from symptoms.
As parents, it may be difficult to recognize the symptoms, because the more frequent response to it in teens is irritability rather than sadness. Your son might demonstrate hostility, crankiness and loss of temper. Teen Depression can lead to self-medication with drugs or alcohol, and create problems with schoolwork. Depression is also a major cause of teen suicide, emphasizing the importance of seeking treatment early for problems rather than hoping things will improve on their own.
Agape Boarding School Can Help Your Boy
Agape is an affordable, fully accredited, high quality Christian boarding school for teen boys who are struggling, Agape Boarding School specializes in working with rebellious, angry, know-it-all young men who are out of control. Has your son become lazy, with no accountability? Found the wrong crowd or been swayed into misbehavior drug or alcohol usage
Our approach at Agape is loving, but disciplined, with 24/7 watchful care over your troubled boy. Agape, Greek for “God’s unconditional love” – is what we’ll show your boy as he struggles with behavior problems that are threatening his future. He’ll see God’s love daily, since spiritual growth leads to positive growth in every facet of life.
If you’ve tried short-term programs or hospital stays but to no lasting effect, and he refuses the idea of change, interventions away from home – such as a residential program like Agape Boarding School — may be the answer for your boy.
Agape will give him the tools for a bright future, so he will be a productive member of society.