Depression in adolescents occurs for many different reasons. There is no specific trigger to this type of mental illness. A variety of situations or factors can motivate the development of depression or depressive symptoms. Adolescent depression treatment is the same way. There is no magical treatment that heals all depressions. Instead, there are a variety of treatments available to meet the specific needs of the individual suffering from depression.

Research shows that there is a specific component of depression that should be addressed in treatment for adolescents. This component is called cognitive biases. Cognitive biases are patterns of negative thoughts, and changes in the way we process information. This type of bias is a common feature of depression. Part of adolescent depression treatment includes educating oneself on the term and addressing these biases in a straight forward manner.

Facts and Findings: Cognitive Biases

Cognitive biases were put to the test by various samples of teenagers. Researchers had them participate in a questionnaire to evaluate the impacts of cognitive biases on mental health.

Here is what the results showed:

  • Cognitive biases are inter-related
  • The more cognitive biases an individual experienced, the more severe their depressive symptoms were
  • Variation in depression severity is mostly explained by negative self-evaluation
  • If cognitive biases can be assessed reliably and easily, they may offer an alternative method to identify individuals at risk of depression

These considerations are important for adolescent depression treatment for a variety of reasons including the following:

  1. When adolescents are receiving clinical treatment for depression, these biases need to be addressed. Professionals can help young people to identify what triggers these biases and how to replace them with positive self-evaluation.
  2. In order to give adolescents the skills to build a positive self-concept, they must first come to terms with how to avoid getting into their negative state of mind.
  3. Learning the unique cognitive biases helps professionals tailor a treatment plan to best suit the individual

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for young women ages 14-18 struggling with behavior and emotional issues such as those that can stem from peer-relationship struggles. This program focuses on helping young women heal, recover, and integrate healthy habits into their lives. Students will learn to build healthy relationships, cope with emotions, and effectively communicate. Solstice East gives young women the skills and confidence they need to lead happy and healthy lives. We can help your family today!

Contact us at (855) 672-7058.