Adolescent Therapy: Here To Build Better Mental Health For Our Youth!
We all want the best for our loved ones and to help them build strong futures. SUN Behavioral keeps its core values at the forefront to assist teens in Houston and the surrounding communities with therapeutic programs to meet their unmet needs.
How Can You Decide What is “Normal” vs. “Abnormal” Behavior?
According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness, some potential red flags to consider during research to help your loved one include the following:
- Changes in school performance and trouble concentrating
- Excessive fear, worry, sadness, disobedience or aggression
- Avoiding peers and social events
- Changes in sleeping habits and appearing tired
- Using/ hiding alcohol or drug use
- Thinking about suicide
- Intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance
As they navigate the teen years, minor rebellion is very common. Professional help may be needed if problems continue for a period of time. For example, depression-type feelings of sadness and loneliness are common; however, if the symptoms are severe or last longer than two weeks, it is recommended to reach out to a professional.
Complicating the situation is the fact that there are multiple types of depression. And to make this even more complex, some of the mental health disorders may be linked to other disorders or physical ailments. This is where family members can oftentimes find themselves far out of their level of expertise and should seek help.
You may be thinking: Do other teens suffer from mental health disorders or is my child unusual?
Yes, other children across the country are working through various mental health issues, so “No,” your child is not alone.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, data from a survey on children’s mental health found 3.2% of youth ages 3-17 have been diagnosed with depression and 7.1% of youth have been diagnosed with anxiety. The CDC noted that it is not uncommon to have conditions that occur together.
The same survey showed the numbers growing each year
Talking with a therapist can help adolescents speak to someone privately who is not an authority figure in their life. Got it, Mom? Dad? And if you really think about it, you take your children to the dentist and the doctor for annual exams. Isn’t a strong mind just as important?
A therapist is trained to help their clients work through their challenges and have a healthy mind balance. While you won’t be privy to details of the discussions, you would be made aware if your child was experiencing something other than normal teen behavior and might need some deeper treatment. who is not judgmental.
Why Are Therapy Approaches Different For Teens Than Adults?
Mental health therapy for adolescents is approached differently than for adults for several reasons, including:
- Teens and adolescents are physically and mentally still developing
- Academic programs are included to provide structure
- Family support is key, especially for after-care and ongoing treatment
- Teens may or may not be willing participants during the initial assessment
Teens may experience some of the same types of stress as adults, but also face a unique set of factors when considering mental health. Social media, bullying, family dysfunction, uncertain future pathways–these are just a sampling of what your child might be thinking about at the dinner table while remaining silent.
One in every four boys and nearly 1 out of every 2 girls in Texas at the high-school level reported feeling periods of sadness lasting longer than two weeks, the typical time length where concern for depression is considered.
Eighteen percent in the same age group of both males and females said they considered suicided and 12% reported they attempted suicide one or more times.
These are very sobering numbers for any parent to hear.
How Does SUN Behavioral Help My Loved One?
Our Adolescent Program includes three service levels:
In some situations, especially when teens are a danger to themselves or others, they may benefit from the comprehensive support and structure of inpatient care. During this period, they will receive the 24/7 attention and treatment necessary to get back on a path of wellness.
- Medical and clinical assessments
- Group and individual sessions focused on current issues, cognitive therapy, healing and moving forward
- A treatment plan and team consisting of psychiatric and medical specialists and therapists
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
PHP might be appropriate for patients transitioning from inpatient care or who may need more intensive treatment in a time of crisis to prevent the need for hospitalization.
- Patients attend five groups per day, five days a week
- Groups focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Coping Skills Training and WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), an evidence-based system to help people attain the highest level of wellness or relapse prevention
- Our team of psychiatrists provides comprehensive medication management
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
IOP is designed for the individual who may be stepping down from partial hospitalization but still requires the support and structure IOP provides. It can also be appropriate for patients who may need more intensive treatment than offered by traditional outpatient care.
- Patients attend three groups per day, three days a week
- Sessions include a daily process group (to work through current issues), cognitive therapy, and the daily WRAP or relapse prevention group
Key components of IOP treatment include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Motivational interviewing
- Support groups (including 12-step groups)
- Stress management and life skills development
- Family therapy
- Aftercare planning for continued recovery/relapse prevention
Sun Behavioral wants to partner with you and your teen to make sure he/she keeps their mental health strong as he/she moves through such a meaningful time in their lives. Call us today at 713-796-2273
What is adolescent therapy?
Adolescent therapy targets children and young adults ages 10 through early 20s during their growth from children to adulthoods. They work through their thoughts and feelings that shape behaviors with a licensed therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist. The goal is to help them work through issues they will experience throughout life with a healthy mindset.
How do I find a therapist for my teenager?
A great starting point to find a therapist for your teenager is through their family doctor or pediatrician. Recommendations can also be found through the child’s school guidance office or your family or friend network. Through your research, you will want to find a therapist who specializes in the age category of your child or underlying issues the he/she may have.
How do I know if my child needs counseling?
You may notice some changes in your child’s behavior, causing them to act out in a destructive manner or become unusually withdrawn. Changes in sleeping, eating and loss of interest in their normal hobbies may also be signs they would benefit from a therapist. In addition, thoughts of suicide or self-harm should not be ignored.
What is the most common psychological problem in adolescence?
Anxiety, mood and behavior mental health disorders are at the top of the list for main stressors for adolescents. Suicide is the second-most common cause of death, behind accidents.