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Designed for teens ages 12 to 17, ViewPoint Center is a nurturing, residential program with the expertise and high-quality care of a mental hospital for teens. We offer comprehensive assessments and treatment to help families find answers.

Depression and New Discoveries: New Study Found A Cause of Depression


Depression is a huge and very hot topic in today’s society. It affects more than 300 million people worldwide and that number is continuously growing. It is normal to feel sadness or grief sometimes such as after a tragic event, but depression takes sadness and grief to a new level. Depression impacts one’s ability to function normally on a daily basis. Symptoms of depression include, but are not limited to headaches, loss of interest in hobbies or activities, anxiety, and trouble sleeping.


This mental health disorder is treatable and the type of treatment depends on the individual and their unique case. Developments and scientific research are always giving new insight into depression and possible causes and effective treatments.


The Protein Problem


A new study conducted at Hiroshima University in Japan investigated the behavior of RGS8, a protein that in humans is encoded by the RGS8  gene. This protein controls a hormone receptor called MCHR1, which helps to regulate sleep, feeding, and mood. The protein was put in an experiment with mice to see if it could be causing depressive behavior.


The mice were given the “swim test”. This test was used to measure the time span in which the mice were immobile. When the mice were given a drug that forced the MCHR1 to stop working, they experienced a shorter immobile period. Those whose MCHR1 was full-functioning had a longer period of immobility.


The results from this experiment have exposed completely new information to scientists. This discovery may lead them to develop a new type of treatment for individuals struggling with depression. As a result, the treatment would be an attempt to mitigate the impacts of the hormone receptor, MCHR1, that is contributing to depressive symptoms.


ViewPoint Center can help


ViewPoint Center is a psychiatric hospital for young people ages 12-17 who struggle with mental health disorders. This hospital is comprehensive therapeutic assessment facility that is licensed and provides 24-hour nursing. After comprehensive assessments are evaluated, treatment plans are established to meet the unique needs of each student. By the end of the treatment period at ViewPoint, families have a clear understanding of the child’s diagnoses and are offered full guidance on how to move forward and seek proper treatment. ViewPoint Center is dedicated to helping students and their families seek the treatment and care they need to lead happy and healthy lives. We can help your family today!


Article Source: https://www.viewpointcenter.com/blog/cause-of-depression/


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Suicidal Ideation in Teens: Why Talk to Your Teen About Suicidal Thoughts?


Our society has a way of acting as if suicidal ideation in teens is like a rare disease–something unfortunate that only happens every now and then. This idea is completely unfounded. Suicide continues to be the second leading cause of death for young people, ages 10 to 24. That’s not a rare disease, that’s a plague. 


September is National Suicide Awareness Month. For this month, we want to make an effort to inform others about suicidal ideation in teens and how to prevent suicides.


What is suicidal ideation in teens?


Suicidal ideation is having thoughts about suicide and/or planning suicide. These thoughts/plans can be fleeting or extremely detailed. Suicidal ideation does not include the act of committing suicide–it’s the before phase. For many, thoughts never reach fruition, but that doesn’t make suicidal ideation in teens any less dangerous.

A teen experiencing suicidal ideation probably struggles with mental health issues that need to be addressed.


Recognizing the signs in your child


Wellness doesn’t just include physical health, it includes mental health as well. Problems with physical health are easy to see–fevers, scraped knees, fairly straightforward. Checking in on mental health poses more challenges. A student with perfect health could easily be struggling with suicidal ideation in teens.


Some red flags to watch for in your teen:


  • Extreme mood swings
  • Issues concentrating on regular day-to-day tasks
  • Problems sleeping (insomnia, oversleeping, nightmares)
  • Loss of appetite or excessive overeating
  • Mentioning dying, disappearing, or self-harm


While signs and symptoms don’t necessarily indicate your child is thinking of suicide, they still should not be ignored.


How to talk to your teen about suicidal thoughts


Ask your teen how they’re doing and listen.

Parents have this horrible habit of not listening–I know that’s hard to hear as a parent. Teens often report feeling like their parents don’t actually listen to what they’re saying and feeling. This has to change. Approach your teen with the intent of really listening to what they’re experiencing and then validate those feelings. This includes actively listening, asking them questions to clarify, and staying non-judgemental.


Do not freak out.

Individuals struggling with suicidal ideation in teens often don’t want to reach out because they’re afraid someone will freak out or it’ll be embarrassing. No, I’m not saying it’s not incredibly alarming to hear from your child that they’re contemplating suicide–but you have to stay calm for their sake. It won’t be an easy conversation.


Ask clarifying questions.

Parents easily jump into “help” mode when a problem arises. Resist the urge to jump straight into talking about treatment. A teen saying they’ve been thinking about suicide can mean many things. It can mean they’re not getting something they need, that they don’t want to feel intense emotions, or that they’ve actually planned how to do it. All of these are very serious, but asking questions to clarify where your child stands is an important step.


Reach out to a professional.

After talking with your child, you need to reach out to a professional to help guide you in the right direction. Keep your teen in the loop with all of this. It’s important for them to understand how they’re going to receive help and that you’re doing this as a family, not alone.


Viewpoint Center helps with suicidal ideation in teens


ViewPoint Center is an assessment center for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide treatment through superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis. We strive to provide the best help for teens through the most efficient and effective methods available. Our goal is to help your child through this hard time.  


Before ViewPoint, families are often frustrated and lost. Varying doctors and therapists with a range of advice, diagnoses, and plans leaves parents and children unsure of where to turn. At ViewPoint, we centralize all of the different diagnoses and create a comprehensive report for you and your family to get back on track. Let us help you.


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Source: http://www.viewpointcenter.com/blog/suicidal-ideation-in-teens-why-talk-to-your-teen-about-suicidal-thoughts