South Boston’s Leading Depression Treatment Center for Adolescents

Southstone Behavioral Health Hospital is Virginia’s leader in depression treatment for adolescents. We employ a team of professionals committed to providing clinically proven treatment that is customized to meet the unique needs of each teen who seeks our care.

Depression Treatment

Learn more about depression treatment at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

Depression is a clinical condition characterized by overwhelming and/or persisting feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and restlessness. Rather than having occasional feelings of unhappiness, an adolescent who suffers from depression may experience seemingly inescapable feelings of sorrow or worthlessness. Symptoms of depression usually do not fade as quickly as temporary feelings of dissatisfaction, and depression can be a sign of a deeper underlying issue. An individual who is struggling with depression often experiences a dejected mood, gloomy emotions, and a disinterest in activities and hobbies they once enjoyed.

Although there are several types of depression, the two primary depressive disorders are major depressive disorder and persistent depressive disorder. Major depressive disorder is a severe, and at times crippling, form of depression. Those suffering from major depressive disorder may have trouble getting out of bed, may have difficulty being around others, and may experience extremely low self-esteem. Persistent depressive disorder, also called dysthymia, is a milder but more persistent form of depression. The symptoms of persistent depressive disorder are considered chronic, and they often last longer than those of major depressive disorder.

Depression impacts different people in different ways. Note that the way depression expresses itself in the life of your child will vary depending on their personality. Sometimes, adolescents with depression isolate themselves in their rooms, avoiding friends and hobbies that no longer bring them happiness. They might spend more time on the computer, watching TV, or scrolling through social media. Others, however, may completely throw themselves into schoolwork, sports, extracurricular activities, or interpersonal relationships in order to mask their pain. Although they may appear happily busy, they may be suffering inside. Young people may hide their feelings of depression so as not to disturb the peace within their home or worry their parents or other authority figures. Sometimes the most depressed individuals are those who are laughing the loudest.

As a parent, there is perhaps nothing more devastating than watching your child suffer from depression. Observing your young one experience pervasive feelings of hopelessness, lose joy in the activities they once loved, and participate in potentially harmful behaviors is often reason enough to consider treatment for depression. By seeking residential care at Southstone in South Boston, Virginia, adolescents and teens who are suffering from depression can learn to cope with their painful reality and manage symptoms of depression. At Southstone, our team of professionals is here to help your child experience true hope and healing.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for depression at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

No matter the form, depression is often a pervasive, all-consuming experience that can drain your child’s energy and threaten their overall well-being. Clinical depression affects everyday life and activities and, if left untreated, can rob your child of true joy and good health.

An adolescent who is suffering from depression may have a difficult time focusing in school, enjoying the hobbies they once cherished, and spending time with friends and family members. Untreated depression can lead to low self-esteem, poor academic performance, aggressive behavior, loss of relationships, and/or perpetual isolation. An individual who suffers from untreated depression may also experience weight gain or weight loss, self-harm, or suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Depression often does not go away on its own and, therefore, usually necessitates clinical treatment.

At Southstone, we offer clinically excellent care to adolescents ages 11-17 who are suffering from depression. Young people who stay at our treatment center have the opportunity to participate in a range of treatment options. Every guest at Southstone is assigned a treatment team – a group of experienced mental health professionals who are passionate about treating adolescents and committed to providing outstanding care. Your child will collaborate with their treatment team to form what is known as a treatment plan, a comprehensive, personalized plan of care based on their unique needs and goals for recovery. Your child’s treatment plan will include specifics for their stay at Southstone, as well as a comprehensive discharge plan for when it is time for them to depart our care.

At Southstone, we teach adolescents critical relaxation tools, distress tolerance skills, emotion regulation techniques, and healthy relationship boundaries. We offer various therapeutic techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which challenges the distorted thinking patterns that can lead to depression. By processing through these thinking patterns, your child can learn to combat thoughts that might be contributing to their depression. We also offer trauma-informed care at Southstone. Your child may work with their therapist to process difficult and/or traumatic past events and learn to cope with formerly unmanageable symptoms of depression.

Our Philosophy

Southstone Behavioral Health philosophy and benefits

Types of Treatment

Types of depression treatment offered at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

When seeking care for depression for your child, it is important to find a center that offers a variety of treatment services and therapeutic modalities. At Southstone, located in South Boston, Virginia, we provide a wide range of services based on the individual needs and goals of your child. While every adolescent’s treatment plan is unique, your child’s time at Southstone may include some of the following services:

  • Diagnostic screenings and evaluations
  • Vocational education
  • Physical therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Recreational activities
  • Special education
  • Group therapy
  • Speech-language services
  • Family therapy
  • Medication management services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Community-based activities

If you have any questions about any of the services we offer at Southstone, feel free to contact us at your convenience. A member of our team is available 24/7 to provide you with more information.

Continuing Care

Continuing care and levels of treatment for depression

Our team of dedicated mental health professionals believes in the strength and resiliency of young people in the face of a variety of hardships and challenges. We strive to foster hope and renew energy in the adolescents who stay at our campus. One way we accomplish this is by equipping the adolescents and teens entrusted to our care with transferrable treatment tools so that they can continue their recovery at home. Throughout their time at Southstone, we encourage our guests to take the skills they develop during treatment and apply them after they leave our care. We also encourage continued recovery through a thorough discharge planning, or aftercare, process.

At Southstone, we value your child’s aftercare process as much as we value their residential treatment experience. We prepare each guest for a seamless transition by developing a discharge plan. Similar to their treatment plan, each adolescent’s discharge plan is created by their treatment team, starting at the beginning of their stay. Your child’s discharge plan is subject to change based on their changing needs throughout their time at Southstone.

Each adolescent’s discharge plan will include specific details on how best to continue their recovery after leaving our campus. Elements in your child’s discharge plan may include ongoing medication management services, in-home therapy, or traditional outpatient therapy. Southstone maintains reliable contacts throughout the area in order to provide our departing guests with the best step-down resources available. If you and your child have a preferred outpatient provider, Southstone will work with them to determine if they can offer the appropriate level of follow-up care for your adolescent. Southstone will remain in contact with each adolescent and their family for the following six months after they leave our campus, ensuring the stability of their discharge plan.

If you believe that your child may be suffering from depression and could benefit from residential treatment on our campus, call Southstone today.