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Helping Your Son Understand and Deal With Depression

The Effects of Depression on Your Son

waterfallWe can treat your child if he is struggling with Depression, which is more than simply unhappiness.  It is an omnipresent sense of helplessness, worthlessness and bleakness that engulfs him, leaving him in anguish without reprieve.  Symptoms can include loss of interest in once-loved sports and hobbies, appetite, sleep or weight changes, irritability, self-hatred, decreased energy and ability to concentrate.  Many people do not accurately understand Depression, and some who suffer are disinclined to seek out treatment, fearful of the stigma associated with it.

How We Can Treat Your Son’s Depression at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch

Treatment for Depression normally requires at least some degree of professional assistance.  Therapy might well be combined with medication to help your teen with more balance in approaching his challenges, to help uncover origins of the depression as well as provide effective coping strategies for dealing with the desolation.  He may find respite by making healthy changes in his workout habits and nutritional routines, or by learning stress management.  Most people respond well to treatments, and have partial or total recovery from symptoms.

As parents, it may be difficult to recognize the symptoms, because the more normal response to it in teens is petulance rather than sadness.  Your child may demonstrate hostility and loss of temper.  Teen Depression can lead to self-medication with alcohol or drugs, and problems with schoolwork.  Depression is a major cause of teen suicide, emphasizing the significance of seeking treatment early for problems rather than hoping his problems will simply evaporate by themselves.

Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch…Transforming Troubled Boys into Young Men of Character

cody on mountain_edited-1The very first Teen Challenge school of its kind, we continue to find inventive new ways to help struggling boys, even after 4 decades years of service.  We are a Christian, therapeutic boarding school and ranch, devoted to helping troubled boys by applying faith-based solutions to life’s problems.

Our approach to learning is very structured and disciplined.  Our approach to teaching, program format and interventional style are all biblically based.  We see academic success as a key to long-term life success.  

We strive to help the boys become psychologically balanced, physically healthy, mentally sound, academically accomplished, socially adjusted and spiritually alive. We have seen even the most oppositional and out-of-control boys transform their lives and become young men of character and integrity.

With our critical phase Aftercare program, we don’t disappear after your child returns to home and family, but help with his transition challenges, by finding a local mentor, providing continued encouragement and accountability, and avoiding a return to the problems that brought him to us in the first place.

It can be overwhelming to send your child outside your home for the help he needs, and the hardest thing you will ever have to do as a parent. If no other treatments have worked, his problems persist, or are worsening, or his behaviors placing his health or life at risk, consider Teen Challenge for your boy.

Our adventure-based therapy and learning program is second to none.  Boys are taught the importance of goals and perseverance; our therapeutic program offers hope to reach their full potential and the opportunity for a new and more productive future.

Teen Challenge Endorsers

  • Ronald Reagan

    Former President

    Ronald Reagan

    “Teen Challenge gives our kids something to live for – a relationship with God, a healthy self-esteem, and a direction in their lives that finally leads somewhere.”

  • John Ashcroft

    Former Attorney General

    John Ashcroft

    “Teen Challenge changes the world one person at a time.”

  • Charles Colson

    Founder, Prison Fellowship

    Charles Colson

    “The Teen Challenge program succeeds when all of the government programs have failed.”

  • George Bush

    Former President

    George W. Bush

    “Too many young [people] have already lost their lives. Teen Challenge works to change young people’s lives by changing their hearts.”

  • Art Linkletter

    Television Personality

    Art Linkletter

    “In my opinion, Teen Challenge is doing the best all-around job of providing the kids with something meaningful in their lives. And that’s what they all need.”

  • John Howard

    Former US Drug Czar

    Dr. John A. Howard

    “Of all the programs reported to the Commission, the most successful is the program conducted by Teen Challenge.”

  • Jim Blanchard

    Past Director, AT&T Corporation

    Jim Blanchard

    “Teen Challenge is one of the most successful programs in our country.”

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Helping Boys Deal With Depression

Depression is defined as a mood disorder causing a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.