According to statistics, approximately 20 % of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood. There is a close link between teen depression and serious issues with school, relationships and even suicide. If you are the parent of a depressed teen you may feel exhausted, frightened. Statistically there is more hopelessness and helplessness among teens today, however it is not time for parents to give up. There are so many options with unique therapeutic and educational approaches; somewhere there is a place for every child to succeed.
The School Solution can find that place
At The School Solution we provide
consultation and placement services with top-notch matches for families with a
teen who is struggling in his or her current academic environment. Our mission at The School Solution is helping families
find the best option for the health, wellbeing growth and education of their
about the risks of depression in teens is of critical importance for parents
and educators these days. It has become vital for parents
to learn to recognize the signs of teenage depression, and to seek proper care.
One of the signs of depression is school refusal. It
is not uncommon for a teen with depression to avoid or flat out refuse to go to
school. Other signs may be the inability or reluctance to wake up and get
dressed in the mornings, frequent visits to the school nurse, skipping classes,
or frequent complaints of physical pain and sickness like headaches,
stomachaches, nausea, or diarrhea and anxiety. Since the largest amount of
their daily activities takes place at school, having the best school placement
for depressed teenagers is of paramount importance.
There are also
certain factors that can make depression in teens worse:
- Teen girls develop depression
twice as often as boys.
- Abused and neglected teens
are more at risk.
- Teens who suffer from chronic
illnesses or other physical conditions are at risk.
- Teens with a family history
of depression or mental illness are at risk- in fact, 20 to 50 % of teens
suffering from depression have a family member with depression or some other
- Teens with untreated mental
issues or substance-abuse addiction problems are at risk.
- Young people who have
experienced trauma or disruptions at home, including divorce and deaths of
parents are at risk.
Finding The Right School
For A Depressed Teenager:
The School Solution
At The School Solution
we know from years of experience that depressed teens that are placed in the
right school or program become psychologically safe and more readily available
to learn, heal and grow. Carefully and thoughtfully selecting the right school with the appropriate
environment and structure with supportive, professional staff is a critical
decision with lifelong ramifications for your family. This is why
the work of an educational consultant is so important, and why we take the role
of finding the right school for a depressed teen so seriously.
There are hundreds of programs available for depressed
pre-teens, teens, and young adults. As highly successful educational
consultants we take the time to research/visit the programs, meet with the
family and gather the existing data from the professionals working with the
are several “ School Options” for depressed teenagers:
With these options, The School
Solution families have the ability to make informed, specific decisions on
geographic location, program/school type, differentiators between programs, and
costs. Teen depression cannot be
overlooked, and parents must look for positive ways to effectively reach teens
before they become a part of a statistic. If your child is
isolating or is showing any depression indicators, don’t wait too long before
seeking help from professionals like The School Solution.
Early assessment and
treatment can get your child and family back on the right track with improved
relationships. While a wide variety of programs and schools exist for
helping depressed teenagers, finding the best environment to address your
teenagers individual needs can be daunting. Our specialty at The School
Solution is in supporting families and it is the foundation of our success.
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