Well it is the real diagnosed by a doctor get prescribed anti depressants kind and everything I've read says that doing an intervention type thing will only make them feel less understood. If he was just a normal kid a little down in the dumps ya that would make sense but I don't think legit depression works like that I wish it did though...trust me
Indeed, clinical depression is different, I was speaking of the situational kind outside of the parentheses. That type medication is indeed the best start, since--as it is understood so far--the problem comes from a chemical imbalance. I've always been an advocate of "treat the cause, not the symptom" and normally steer clear of meds, but this is one of those cases where medication just returns things to balance, rather than covering up a problem. Nevertheless, a person is still vulnerable unless the anti-depressant goes so far as to be psychotropic, and companionship always helps.
Perhaps I should elaborate. Arrested, but released. Nothing as extensive as a hearing or so forth, just enough to place the notion in their minds that there are consequences for doing such things apart from their parents saying "I'm very disappointed in you". Not all people have their own epiphanies that what they used to see as fun can cause harm. Usually it takes some sort of event.
Eh you may be right actually. It just depends on the person. Some people will always be assholes but I guess even if it was only 50% effective at teaching kids not to be assholes it would probably be worth it. I could definately go for 50% less assholes in the world. (That's probably bad asshole math though :P)