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TSS: Solutions For Depressed Teenager: Find The Right School

The winter solstice is upon us, which means a lot of cases of the “winter blues” are popping up everywhere. If you are looking for a solution to help your depressed teenager and feeling at a loss, you are not alone. Depression can be a serious problem for adults and teenagers alike. In fact, a shift in your teenager’s mood and/or attitude is not something to ignore or dismiss. What appears to be a teenager’s new “bad attitude” could actually be a case of depression or, in some instances, what is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). At The School Solution we know from years of experience that when teenagers are placed in the right school or program they become psychologically safe and more readily available to learn, heal and grow.

There is also a close link between teenage depression and serious issues with school, relationships and even suicide, making the awareness about the risks of depression of critical importance. It has become vital for parents and guardians of teenagers to learn to recognize the signs of teenage depression, and to seek proper solutions.

It is not uncommon for a teenager faced with depression to avoid or flat out refuse to go to school, and it is one of the first signs that you need to find a solution. Other signs may be inability to wake up and get dressed in the mornings, frequent visits to school nurses skipping classes, or frequent complaints of physical pain and sickness like headaches, stomachaches, nausea, or diarrhea and anxiety. Considering that the biggest amount of time for daily activities takes place at school, having the best school placement for depressed teenagers is of paramount importance.

If you are the parent of a depressed teenager you may feel exhausted, frightened and hopeless, however now is not the time to give up.  At The School Solution our consultation and placement services provide top-notch matches for families with a teenager who is struggling in their current academic environment because of depression. Our mission is helping families find the best option for their child.

Families need support in many ways. 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 area is in supporting families with unique situations and it is the foundation of our success. 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. 

Are You looking For A School For Your Depressed Teenager?

Are you looking for a school for your depressed teenager? Selecting the right school with the appropriate environment and structure with knowledgeable 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. Parents need to know that their options and school solutions have been narrowed down to the best possibilities given the individual needs of their teenage son or daughter.

The School Solutions works with dozens of programs that are available for at-risk pre-teens, teens, and young adults. As educational consultants we take the time to research and visit the programs, meet with the family and gather the existing data from the professionals working with the family. Then with all of our puzzle pieces on the table, we can optimally tailor a solution to fit all of your needs. With these options families have the ability to make informed, specific decisions on geographic location, program/school type, differentiators between programs, and costs.

Finding the right school or solution for your depressed teenagers has a wide range of options such as:

  • Supportive Schools: These schools vary widely in whom they serve and how they can best serve their students. They are small and have a specific structure and professionals to support the students they serve. They differ from Therapeutic Boarding Schools in that they run on a regular school schedule with breaks and do not include family therapy. Finding the place with the specific support your child needs is our work.
  • Boarding Schools:  Not every child feels safe and able to grow in a large public school. There are a wide range of boarding schools available; from large, highly competitive schools to small, specialized, nurturing schools, from junior high to post-graduate.. From small and rustic to large and sophisticated, there is a place for everyone. If you can find the right school, where your child feels valued, true growth can begin.
  • Therapeutic Schools & Treatment Centers: There are a spectrum of programs; from highly clinical residential treatment centers to less structured therapeutic boarding schools with the majority falling somewhere in the middle. They operate year-round with open enrollment and all places include school and, if needed, an opportunity to catch up academically. They also include the family through weekly therapeutic calls, visits, and family workshops. Each place is unique in the population they serve and the specific therapeutic support they provide, the match is critical.

The professionals at The School Solution are here for you to successfully treat teenage depression and help your teenager get back on track for a life of success!   For the best solutions for your depressed teenager contact The School Solution today.


Karen was immensely helpful when my ex-wife and I were confronted by a terrible problem — our very bright and engaging son had dropped out of high school, was using marijuana, and was drifting in life.

- Parent of a young adult



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