Paradigm Malibu Announces New, Ground-Breaking Treatment Innovations Designed to Help Teens Suffering from Depression and Other Mood Disorders

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A myriad of treatment modalities ensures effective treatment for teenage depression and other mental health issues.

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Parents who suspect their child is suffering from depression don't have to deal with this issue alone as Paradigm Malibu offers treatment for teen depression along with alcohol and drug abuse.

According to Statistic Brain, 4.3 percent of teens between the ages of 12 and 17 suffer from depression and the rate of increase of depression among children measures 23 percent. "Parents who suspect their teen is suffering from depression don't have to deal with this issue alone as Paradigm Malibu offers treatment for teen depression along with alcohol and drug abuse," Cole Rucker of Paradigm Malibu urges.

Teens tend to be moody and their bodies are changing rapidly, leading parents to believe many signs of depression are just typically adolescent angst. Parents need to be aware of the symptoms of depression to ensure they get treatment quickly. Symptoms of teen depression include fatigue or a change in sleeping patterns, such as insomnia. Teenagers experiencing feelings of rejection, guilt, failure or over-sensitivity to others may be depressed and the same is true of teenagers suffering from headaches, stomach aches, irritability or changes in appetite or weight. "Parents shouldn't hesitate to ask if they have any questions about symptoms or behaviors they are noticing in their children," Rucker explains.

Depression presents in many forms; another aspect of this condition many parents aren't aware of. Major depression involves sadness lasting more than two weeks and may appear as melancholic depression or atypical depression. Adjustment disorder occurs after the teen is exposed to a traumatic event while dysthymia presents as a chronic, less severe, depression which lasts for a minimum of two years. "Parents needn't be concerned with the type of depression seen in their child as Paradigm Malibu handles the diagnostic aspects of treatment and develops a treatment plan based on what is found during this assessment," Rucker continues.

Paradigm Malibu makes use of a variety of treatment methods, including medication, psychotherapy and residential treatment. "Staff members understand those suffering from depression typically want to get away from everything and the facility allows teens to do exactly this as it is situated in a quiet setting, away from the pressures of everyday life. In addition, only six teens are treated at one time, which can be of great importance as adolescents typically don't want to be the center of attention. With Paradigm's teen depression treatment, the teen is never made to feel as if he or she is being judged so they are more open and honest about their feelings, which is important to the overall success of treatment. These are just two of the many reasons why Paradigm Malibu is the only place parents need to send their teenage children for help with depression," Rucker declares.

About Paradigm Malibu:
Paradigm Malibu remains dedicated to identifying, understanding, and properly treating core issues impacting adolescents and their families. Mental health professionals on staff assist young people by addressing the deep, difficult issues which impact their lives. Ranked the number one treatment program for mental health issues, Paradigm Malibu addresses teen addiction, teen drug abuse and teen eating disorders and offers advantages not seen with other programs, such as limiting treatment to only six adolescents at one time and providing intensive treatment which results in sustainable change. To learn more about Paradigm's facility, visit

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