Depressive symptoms in children and adolescents are often different than in adults. Symptoms may include: irritability, easily frustrated or upset, over-reactions to small stressors, angry outbursts, focusing on only negative things, decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities, self-harm behaviors, diminished self-esteem, not taking care of hygiene, isolating self from family or thoughts about dying. Symptoms of anxiety may include: fear/avoidance of school, social anxiety, multiple physical complaints (stomachaches, headaches, dizziness, trembling), fear of being alone, constant need to be “perfect” or panic attacks.
Youth are separated by ages into specialized groups including Elementary, Young Adolescent, Adolescent and DBT. The program includes process group therapy, coping skills groups, family therapy and weekly individual treatment with a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. Excel Center of Lewisville also provides on-campus school through the Brazos Charter School to assist youth with keeping up with their academics while in treatment.