14 Signs That Your Teen Might Need a Depression Screening

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As parents, guardians, or caregivers, it’s crucial to be vigilant about the emotional well-being of our teens. Adolescence is a period of significant growth and self-discovery, but it can also be a time of heightened vulnerability, particularly regarding mental health issues such as depression. At Elevations, we understand the importance of recognizing the signs that…

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Medication Management for Teens with Depression

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Medication management is often one of the first lines of treatment for teens with depression, but it is only one part of learning to manage the symptoms of depression. Medication may help rebalance neurochemistry, but without healthier coping mechanisms, teens may continue to struggle with depression. With on-staff medical and psychiatric support, Elevations RTC can…

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Anxiety and Depression Among Gender Non-conforming Teens

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More teenagers are identifying themselves with nontraditional gender labels such as non-binary, transgender, genderqueer, or gender-fluid, according to a new study conducted by the University of Minnesota. Researchers found that 3% of teens did not identify themselves with traditional gender labels, compared to .7% of teens in a previous study by UCLA in 2017. Despite…

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Supportive Adults Can Reduce Teen Suicide Attempts

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Social support is one of the most important protective factors against suicidal thoughts. Teens are more likely to feel a sense of belonging and to trust that they have people that they can go to if they are feeling unsafe. According to the National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, teens who report having at…

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Using Mindfulness in DBT

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Teens often turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms when they are in an extreme mindset–either completely disconnected from their emotions or consumed by them. In both scenarios, they tend to act impulsively and struggle to sit with negative emotions. Their behavior problems are reinforced by judgments they make about themselves. Mindfulness is one of the four…

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Increasing Awareness about Suicidal Ideation In Today’s Teens

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Sometimes referred to as the “anxious generation,” today’s young people are more likely to talk about mental health than previous generations. 67% of teens tell a friend that they are feeling suicidal before telling anyone else. While these conversations help break the stigma around mental illness, most people suffer in silence for a while before…

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Animal Therapy and the Strong Benefits of Pets

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  There’s a reason we call dogs a “man’s best friend.” As debates regarding the certification of emotional support animals have flooded the news recently, with stories of squirrels, rats, and monkeys attempting to board airplanes with their humans, the parameters of animal therapy have been called into question. However, mutual relationships between animals and…

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How Deep Rest Can Help with Preventing Adolescent Depression

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A recent survey of 1,000 teenagers by the Pew Research Center found that more than 70 percent consider depression to be one of the top problems faced by their demographic. While only around 20% of teenagers are diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, most teens are faced with the same academic and social pressures that increase…

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