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Family Dynamics and Depression

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Family, whether by blood or bond, directly impacts a teen’s development. They learn their habits and speech patterns by watching parents and siblings and will imitate their behavior, even if they do not understand it. Family dynamics play an integral role in the mental health of your teen son or daughter. If your family has poor communication skills and does not encourage healthy habits, a family therapy program can help restore the family bond. Through this treatment, families can begin rebuilding relationships.

At Imagine Nampa, we help teens aged 12-17 who struggle with depression or other mental health disorders. We understand how important your family is to your recovery. Therefore, we include family therapy as part of a holistic approach to treating a number of mental health issues in teens. If you or a family member is struggling with depression, call 888.503.4604 today to learn about improving family dynamics through our family therapy program.

Improving Your Family Dynamics Through Family Therapy

Family can be your teen’s most significant support and their biggest detractor when it comes to a teen’s mental health. Research shows that teens from homes with open communication and a strong family bond have fewer mental health issues. At the same time, a teen who grows up in a negative, unsupportive environment will face a higher risk of developing a number of mental health disorders, such as depression, substance use disorder, and low self-esteem. 

As part of your teen’s mental health therapy, therapists work with the entire family to help improve the family dynamics. Parents and siblings work together to understand the symptoms of mental health illness and how they can help create a supportive home environment. This support is imperative for your teen’s recovery. Families also work on improving their communication skills with each other so that there is nothing in the way of forming a strong family bond.

Rebuilding Relationships with the Help of a Family Therapy Program

Mental health disorders can be very hard on a family, and relationships often fracture or break under strain. Divorce rates are very high in families with mental health illnesses, which only further harms your teen’s development. Teens without a supportive family dynamic are at a higher risk of creating detachment issues and a number of other mental health issues. 

Relationships are essential to our mental health. Without supportive relationships, a teen can expect to experience:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Helplessness
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insecurity
  • Paranoia

Teens will also pick up negative relationship habits that can lead to domestic abuse, substance abuse, and much more. A family therapy program can help restore your family dynamics and help you rebuild relationships with parents, siblings, and significant others. 

A family therapy program will teach you how to openly communicate with others and learn to forgive past actions so you can move on. All grievances are aired in a safe and non-judgemental environment so parents, siblings, and loved ones can work past their anger and begin healing. Families work through conflicts and regain lost trust, which are important steps in healing the entire family.

Rebuild Relationships at Imagine Nampa

At Imagine Nampa, we help teens aged 12-17 struggling with mental health disorders and their families. Your teen will have a chance to lead a positive and productive life is through family support. Our family therapy program is just one aspect of our outpatient treatment programs. In addition to family therapy, your teen will work on any mental health issue with therapy programs such as:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Teen relationship counseling

Let us show you how improving your family dynamics through our family therapy program can help your teen and the rest of the family. If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health issues, call 888.503.4604 today.