The Center for Children and Youth provides a comprehensive, research-based treatment program designed to meet the needs of children and adolescents experiencing depression and mood disorders.
According to Mental Health America, depression is more than just “feeling blue” or having a bad day. And it’s different from feelings of grief or sorrow that follow a major loss, such as a death in the family. It’s not a personal weakness or a character flaw. Children and teens with clinical depression cannot simply “snap out of it.”
Depression is a serious health problem that effects feelings, thoughts and actions, and can appear as a physical illness. As many as one in eight teens and one in 33 children have clinical depression.
Signs of Depression Include:
• Frequent sadness, tearfulness, crying
• Decreased interest in activities, or inability to enjoy previously favored activities
• Low energy, boredom
• Social isolation
• Low self esteem and guilt
• Increased irritability, anger or hostility
• Major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns
• Difficulty with relationships
• Frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches or stomach aches
• Thoughts or expression of suicide or self-destructive behavior
• Frequent absences from school, poor concentration and poor performance
The Depression Program offers a full spectrum of psycho-therapeutic treatments, which include:
• Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation
• Individual, Family and Group Therapy
• Medication Evaluation and Management
The Depression Program is lead by a team of Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Advanced Practice Nurses, Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Social Workers. West Bergen Center for Children and Youth has a tradition of offering high quality interventions which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Family Systems Therapy.
West Bergen is proud to be a partner agency with the Center for Advancement in Children’s Mental Health at Columbia University, providing evidence-based treatment recognized as effective for individuals experiencing depression.