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Let's Talk: Teenagers, Depression, & Addiction

Rev. Doug Meyer is leading a series of community conversations called Let's Talk. Join us on Thursday, April 12  at 6:30 pm as we talk about the connection between teenagers, depression, and addiction.

Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church is pleased to host a new program called: Let's Talk. Through these conversations, we hope to provide a forum where local experts can lead discussions about the hard, everyday life issues we all face.

Our upcoming gathering will be a conversation about teen depression and addiction.
Thursday, April 12, 6:30 pm in our Ministry Center.

Adolescence is a time of change for teens. As their bodies, home lives, and even brain chemistries change, teens may have a hard time coping. Parental guidance is crucial during this period. Without it, a common case of the adolescent “blues” can develop into teen depression and possible substance abuse. Many teens turn to alcohol or drugs to self-medicate for depression.

Teens suffering from depression often appear sad or anxious, but that’s not always the case. Depressed teens might also lash out angrily at loved ones over seemingly insignificant things. Parents might feel unsure about whether their child is just “acting out” or suffering from depression. If a teen’s behavior drastically changes during adolescence, leading to self-harm, violence or drug abuse, they might be struggling with depression.

Common symptoms of teen depression include:

  • Continuous anxious or “empty” mood
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Body aches and pains

Depressed episodes can be powerful relapse triggers for recovering teens. There’s no “quick fix” for addiction, and treating depression can take a long time. It’s crucial to treat both illnesses together so untreated depression doesn’t cause a relapse into addiction or vice versa.

Our speaker for the evening will be Steve Kelly, respected addiction and mental health counselor.

Most recently, before entering private practice full time, Steve was the spiritual counselor and a primary therapist at Sunspire Behavioral Health Texas, a residential treatment facility for drug and alcohol abuse. Prior to his clinical work, Steve was in pastoral ministry for over twenty years. Steve’s knowledge and experience of spirituality and his knowledge of addiction allow him to bring to the table a unique set of skills that enable him to provide evidenced based, clinical treatment of addiction as well as grounding recovery as a spiritual way of living.

Steve has presented concepts of addiction, recovery, and spirituality to community groups, churches, mental health professionals, clergy, attorneys, and families of alcoholics and addicts. Rev. Kelly was recently awarded the Sierra Tucson Spirit award which is given by mental health professionals to a peer that has made an outstanding contribution in the field. Steve is also the proud father of a 33 yo daughter, Meghan, who is a pastry chef in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Steve is an avid reader, enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, camping, and traveling.

Steve attended seminary at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He also holds a Masters in Substance Abuse Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Steve is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist.

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