If your teenager has struggled with a mental health issue, know that you are not alone. Between 2018-2019 15.5 percent of adolescents in Delaware reported having a major depressive episode. Adolescence is a difficult time for many people due to stress-related to significant life changes, the pressure to find success, and complex peer dynamics. It is common for young people to need assistance when working through these changes.

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Who May Benefit from Adolescent Outpatient Treatment?

All adolescents can benefit from mental health treatment. When someone chooses to participate in mental health treatment, it can give them the perspective they need to face life’s challenges. Giving your child access to a therapist can give them the tools they need to overcome mental health obstacles before they become a problem.

However, some signs may indicate the need for mental health treatment is immediate and should become a priority. Find your adolescent mental health treatment soon if your child displays:

  • Low interest in things that used to bring them joy
  • Low energy or a dramatic increase in sleeping
  • Insomnia
  • Self-isolation
  • Dramatic increase in exercise, decrease in food consumption, or a fear of gaining weight
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Substance use

How to Start Adolescent Outpatient Treatment

Adolescent outpatient treatment starts with an assessment by a trained mental health professional. Everyone is unique and requires a different approach to their mental health treatment. During our assessment, we will determine what treatment will be most beneficial to your adolescent child and what level of care is necessary for optimal management of their mental health condition.

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Conditions We Treat in Adolescent Outpatient Treatment

Adolescents can experience various mental health conditions. At SUN, our mental health professionals are equipped to diagnose and treat adolescents so that they can receive the care they need. We can offer treatment to adolescents who experience a wide variety of diagnoses including:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Treatment Details in Adolescent Outpatient Treatment

Many adolescents find it difficult to open up to new adults about their mental health. This is why therapists who work with teenagers are skilled at building rapport with their patients. Building rapport is establishing trust with a patient, so they will open up and communicate their feelings, allowing the therapist to offer support, new techniques for addressing issues, and perspective on current struggles.

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a type of talk therapy used in adolescent mental health treatment. In CBT, a therapist works with a patient to become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, allowing them to approach problems more effectively. CBT is highly structured and useful for helping people deal with specific challenges that they may be facing.

Dual diagnosis is a treatment approach often used when adolescents have two or more co-occurring mental health or substance use related diagnoses. Dual diagnosis means that the mental health professionals giving your adolescent child care understand the importance of considering the whole person. Treatment for different conditions does not happen independently because often, these conditions share risk factors. A dual diagnosis approach considers how different diagnoses can affect one another.

Treatment Goals in Adolescent Outpatient Treatment

50% of mental health conditions begin before a person turns 14. In adolescent outpatient treatment, young people learn techniques to help them manage and overcome mental health conditions throughout their lives. Achieving mental wellness can be difficult, but an early start can make your child aware of their mental health needs as they enter adulthood.

If you require outpatient treatment for your adolescent child, call SUN Behavioral Health at 302-209-7830. Our staff is standing by to assist you with any questions about the vital mental health treatment we provide at SUN.

Frequently Asked Questions About Adolescent Outpatient

What Is Adolescent Therapy?

Adolescent therapy is a mental health service provided by licensed practitioners trained to provide services to people between the ages of 12 and 17. Young people in this age group have specific needs related to their maturing minds, peer relationships, and the specific pressures related to transitioning from childhood to adulthood. Mental health professionals who are trained to work with adolescents have experience providing these services.

How Many Teenagers Have Depression?

In 2020 an estimated 4.1 million teenagers in the United States had at least one depressive episode. Depression and other mental health conditions are fairly common in teenagers; with the right treatment, they can learn to manage and overcome these conditions.

What Are Some Signs That an Adolescent Needs Mental Health Care?

Anyone could benefit from mental health care and the perspective a therapist can give us. However, there are some instances when mental health care is more vital than others. If your child is more withdrawn than usual, has no interest in activities they used to enjoy, or is hurting themselves, these are signs that you should make their mental healthcare a priority.