Outpatient depression help for teen just finishing freshman year?
Our teen is in his first year of college and is so unhappy that he does not want to go back to college in the fall. He is too exhausted and lethargic from sadness to think of doing anything over the summer. He has been seeing a therapist who has been doing talk therapy, but that has been going on for a while, since before he went to college, and he is sinking more and more into sadness and depression. It had looked like worries about college, before he left. We are working hard to understand where he, is of course, and how to help. We are of course very alarmed and worried and sad for him. Meeting a therapist once a week does not seem sufficient if he is sleeping at home in bed the rest of the day and week, once he comes home. We know residential programs exist, but wondered in the east bay area if there was something like an outpatient program where he could go somewhere 9-5 daily, or maybe see someone 3 times a week for counseling and then we/counselor could put together activities that would support this, a bit of structure, so he could slowly get back to the idea of not being sad? (Yoga, dog-walking, whatever? He's a gentle and kind person.) He is also a homebody and loves his room and is socially anxious, so being able to go to that comfort, to recharge, and then go out daily a few times a day for something structured and positive might be a way to help him start feeling better. He is happier if a parent is with him when he goes outside, one of us has a flexible enough job that we can just be there with/for him, for these excursions out into the world.
At college he looks fully functional, but it is taking all he has to keep that facade up, and when the structure ends, this summer, he just wants to rest. He is so incredibly tired. We had thought he was just lonely from starting college, but the nice people and clubs and all of that are there, at his school, and he acknowledges that, he just can't pull together to go try them. Possible programs, things that could work-residential,outpatient, etc., therapists, all advice would be welcome. Many thanks!