An Integrated Approach to Young Adult Mental Health Rehab

Depression

Few young adults seek help at a treatment center for depression.

We want to help change that.
Research has found that young adults—specifically millennials and Gen Z—have experienced a dramatic rise in psychological distress and depressive symptoms, but few seek out residential care at a treatment center for depression.

The life of a young person can be difficult, and when unresolved trauma or mental health concerns have not been addressed, it can be difficult to thrive. Maladaptive behaviors can begin to arise due to untreated depression, and young adults may find it difficult to carry out every day tasks such as completing secondary education, providing for themselves or holding down a job. Through our integrated approach to treatment at our treatment center for depression that identifies and heals underlying mental health concerns, we help young adults to grab hold of a bright future.

Symptoms & Causes of Depression

How do I know I’m depressed and it’s not just a phase?

Depression signs and symptoms may include a change in attitude or behavior that can cause significant distress and problems at school, work, or in your personal life, such as feeling isolated or avoiding participation in social activities.

Depressive symptoms can vary in severity, but may entail a number of changes in your emotions and behavior.

The 13 most common symptoms that you may be
struggling with clinical depression:

  • Feelings of sadness, which can include crying spells for no apparent reason
  • Frustration or feelings of anger, even over small matters
  • Feeling hopeless or emptiness
  • Irritable or annoyed mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
  • Loss of interest in, or conflict with, family and friends
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Fixation on past failures or exaggerated self-blame or self-criticism
  • Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure, and the need for excessive reassurance
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • Ongoing sense that life and the future are grim and bleak
  • Suicide ideation: frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide

Know the Facts

Between 2008 and 2017, suicides among young adults ages 18 and 25 grew 56 percent. Suicidal ideation rose by 68 percent. In that same time frame, suicide attempts rose 87 percent among 20- and 21-year-olds and 108 percent among 22- and 23-year-olds.

Do I have depression?

It can be difficult to tell the difference between the usual ups and downs of life and depression in young adults. The most important thing is to realize that you’re not alone and to speak with someone you trust. If life feels overwhelming and you feel incapable of managing emotions or behaviors in conjunction with one or more of the symptoms outlined, don’t be afraid to reach out.

What causes
depression?

Depression can be caused by a myriad of issues. These include:

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Early childhood trauma

Traumatic events during childhood, such as physical or emotional abuse or loss of a parent, may cause changes in the brain that make a person more susceptible to depression.

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Brain chemistry

Neurotransmitters are naturally occurring brain chemicals that carry signals to other parts of your brain and body. When these chemicals are impaired or out of balance, the function of nerve receptors and nerve systems changes, leading to depression.

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Learned patterns of negative thinking

Depression in young adults may be linked to learning to feel helpless and lost, rather than learning that you have the ability to find solutions for life's challenges.

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Hormones

Changes in the body's balance of hormones may be involved in causing or triggering depression.

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Inherited traits

Depression is more common in people whose blood relatives—such as a parent or grandparent—also have the condition.

Our Residential Programs are designed to help young adults find their voice, accept constructive feedback, and develop self-esteem and self-acceptance.

Depression & Substance Abuse

Untreated depression in young adults can result in emotional, behavioral, and health problems that may impact all facets of their life. Complications related to depression may include any of the following:

Diagnosis & Treatment for Depression:
What are the first steps?

When depressive symptoms are suspected, a medical care provider will typically conduct the following exams and tests to inform a comprehensive diagnosis:

  • Physical exam. The doctor may do a physical exam and ask in-depth questions about your health to determine what may be causing depression. In some cases, depression may be linked to an underlying physical health problem.
  • Lab tests. For example, a doctor may conduct a blood test called a complete blood count, or test your thyroid to ensure that it’s functioning properly.
  • Psychological evaluation. A doctor or mental health professional may inquire about your thoughts, feelings and behavior, through an inquisitive questionnaire. Your answers help pinpoint a diagnosis and a check for related complications or other co-occurring symptoms.

Types of Depression

Major depression

can rise in bouts that can last for at least two weeks. It deeply affects the quality of life and health of an individual. Persistent depressive disorder reduces functioning.

Melancholic depression

is a subtype of major depression. It leads to extreme irritability and excessive worrying. Some symptoms include waking very early in a negative state of mind or an inability to get back to sleep.

Seasonal depression

is most often triggered in winter due to lack of sunlight. The end of summer when school is about to begin can trigger it as well. Some adolescents experience depressive symptoms at the same time each year, almost like clockwork.

Atypical depression

has several specific symptoms. These symptoms include increased appetite/weight gain, excessive sleep, and marked fatigue. They also can include emotional overreactions, and an extreme sensitivity to rejection.

Anxious distress

depression with unusual restlessness or worry about possible events or loss of control.

When should I see a doctor or consider a treatment center for depression?

If depression signs and symptoms continue, begin to interfere in your life or the life of someone you care about, or cause you to have concerns about suicide or an individual’s safety, talk to a doctor or a mental health professional. Your family doctor may be a good place to start.

Depressive symptoms likely won’t get better on their own—and they may worsen or lead to other problems if untreated. Depression may lead to risk of suicide, even if signs and symptoms don’t appear to be severe.

If you think you may be depressed—or you have a friend or loved one who may be depressed—don’t wait to get help. Talk to a healthcare provider such as your doctor, an urgent care provider, or a psychiatrist. Share your concerns with a parent, family member, close friend, spiritual leader, teacher, mentor, or someone else you trust.

When to Get Emergency Help

Suicide is often associated with depression. If you think you or someone whom you care about may hurt themselves or attempt suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Or call a suicide hotline. In the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use its webchat at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat.

If a loved one or friend is in danger of attempting suicide or has made an attempt:

  • Make sure someone stays with that person.
  • Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
  • Or, if you can do so safely, take the person to the nearest hospital emergency room.
  • Never ignore comments or concerns about suicide. Always take action to get help.

By most estimates, between 5 and 10 percent of the US population experiences SAD. But only a small portion of Americans, somewhere around 1 percent of the total population, have flare-ups in the summertime.

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Care at Newport Institute

Care at Newport Institute

Our Philosophy

At Newport Institute, we recognize that young adults who end up in treatment are not broken or bad or wrong. Often, there has been some form of childhood trauma—whether that’s acute trauma, relational trauma, or long-term addiction. When a young person experiences these types of traumas, they begin to develop insecure attachment models, which can eventually lead to depression or anxiety, and manifest as maladaptive coping mechanisms.

We recognize and honor these young people for who they are—beautiful, bright, intelligent people; bright spirits that have somehow had their light dimmed. We help them peel back the layers of trauma and coping mechanisms, and take down the barriers they’ve put up between themselves and the world, through a holistic, integrated approach to treatment.

Jamison Monroe
Newport Institute Founder and Chairman

Clinical

Our comprehensive approach offers a different kind of mental health treatment that incorporates leading modalities in therapeutic offerings.

  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Medical Care
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy
  • CBT
  • Emotional Freedom
  • Person-Centered or Humanistic Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Post-Induction Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Person-Centered or Humanistic Therapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Medical Care
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • CBT
  • Post-Induction Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Medical Care
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy
  • CBT
  • Emotional Freedom
  • Person-Centered or Humanistic Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Post-Induction Therapy

Experiential

Rather than using a one-size-fits-all treatment plan, we treat each individual and their support system as unique. Our tailored approach may integrate any of the following experiential therapies:

  • Yoga
  • Music Therapy
  • Martial Arts Group
  • Photography Arts
  • Equine-Assisted Therapy
  • Adventure Therapy
  • Culinary Arts
  • Art Therapy
  • Fitness Activity
  • Horticulture
  • Community Service
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Culinary Arts
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Martial Arts Group
  • Fitness Activity
  • Photography Arts
  • Horticulture
  • Equine-Assisted Therapy
  • Community Service
  • Adventure Therapy
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Music Therapy
  • Martial Arts Group
  • Photography Arts
  • Equine-Assisted Therapy
  • Adventure Therapy
  • Culinary Arts
  • Art Therapy
  • Fitness Activity
  • Horticulture
  • Community Service
  • Mindfulness/Meditation

A child’s biology and psychology create their overall temperament, which determines how they take in and process the world. Some kids and teens are more sensitive, and if they’re unable to find healthy coping mechanisms to help them handle these intense feelings and reactions, they may spiral into depression, anxiety, or other condition.

Heather Monroe
Senior Clinician

Medical and Teams

At Newport Institute, our staff’s clinical expertise is matched only by their compassion and desire to see lives changed. With more than 500 years’ combined clinical and therapeutic experience, Newport Institute’s team of psychiatrists, family therapists, nurse practitioners, counselors, equine therapists, art therapists, music therapists, adventure therapists, registered dieticians, nutritionists, mentors, and private tutors embrace their practice with an unconditional love that supports clients’ self-worth and self-acceptance as they do the work of healing.

Marks of Quality Care

Our innovative approach to mental healthcare earns accolades from press around the world, but it is our dedication to our client success that has helped us achieve accreditation from The Joint Commission, exceed licensing standards of care, and nurture affiliations with the following:

Newport Institute

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