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Mental Health | Symptoms | Treatment | Recovery

Mental Health
Signs | Symptoms
Treatment | Recovery

Mental Health Treatment

Our teen mental health treatment program provides multiple levels of care, including residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and partial hospitalization or day treatment for teens and adolescents dealing with depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, self-harm behaviors, oppositional defiant disorder, attachment disorders, and other similar diagnoses. The Discovery programs provide personalized treatment plans for each of our clients and their families to address their specific situation and needs while ensuring the highest level of care.

Our central goal is to provide effective and intensive treatment for teens and adolescents dealing with mental health disorders in an intimate treatment setting where we can foster connection, trust, and growth. Our teen mental health treatment program is delivered through our validated treatment program that focuses on helping teens and adolescents learn about and deal with their disorder and the issues surrounding it. Our goal is to strategically address mental health disorder and the surrounding issues while providing effective interventions to support long-term recovery.

If your teen is suffering from a mental health disorder, our Discovery programs can help. We are experts in helping teens and adolescents with mental health disorders. We are experienced in helping our clients identify the emotional issues surrounding their mental health disorder and helping them learn to deal with them. If your teen or adolescent needs help, or if you would like to talk with someone about mental health disorders or Center For Discovery, we are here to help.

What are the different types of mental health disorders that we treat?

  • Trauma– Traumatic lifetime experiences like death, illness, loss, abandonment or perception of abandonment, bullying and forms of abuse significantly impact the psyche and physiological state of the individual. Trauma is also a subjective experience and individuals with a sensitive temperament are likely to have the experience of trauma from experiences that others may not perceive as traumatic. Exposure to prolonged states of stress caused by trauma can impact functioning and health and immunity, as well as lead to a mental health disorder and co-occurring disorders like depression and substance abuse.

  • Depression– Feeling down occasionally happens to us all. When that feeling interferes with your ability to function normally, or as you usually function, it may be time to find out more information about depression. Depression can be crippling and can turn an adolescent or teen who is usually a bright, happy person into a recluse who has a hard time getting out of bed or off the couch. While sadness and pain are a normal part of life, depression feels unmanageable. Your teen may no longer understand why they are not able to do the things they normally did or why they are no longer interested in activities they previously enjoyed. Often, teens and adolescents suffering from depression might not feel sad, but instead feeling numb and disconnected from themselves and their emotions. This feeling of numbness or disconnection can make it much harder for your teen to feel like they care to change. Depression in teens can also look like anger, acting out, or risk-taking behaviors. Untreated depression can have very serious consequences and many times an adolescent dealing with depression will have a hard time seeing the signs in themselves.

  • Anxiety– Anxiety can occur by itself or alongside depression. Anxiety is a normal part of life and we have all gone through phases of anxiety. In some cases, anxiety can become extreme and while the teen may not realize the anxiety is extreme they may have trouble controlling it. This type of anxiety can negatively affect the day to day life of the teen. Teens and adolescents who suffer from anxiety disorders experience fear, shyness, and nervousness and will begin to avoid certain places and activities. With treatment and support, your adolescent can learn to successfully and appropriately manage the symptoms of an anxiety disorder.

  • Reactive Attachment Disorder and Adoption– Attachment refers to the physical, psychological and even biological bond that occurs between a child and their primary caretakers such as the mother and father. For the baby, attachment begins while in utero when nourishment is needed from the mother’s placenta. For the mother, attachment begins immediately after birth. The attachment bond can become stronger throughout infancy and childhood with more physical touch and comfort. Strong emotional and physical attachment to a parent is important for the childhood to develop so they can have secure relationships in adulthood. For many adopted children, their attachment bond is broken, sometimes multiple times, as they are passed around foster care and finally settle into their permanent adoptive family.

  • Self-Harm or Self-Injury– Teens may deliberately injure or harm themselves by cutting, scratching, head-banging, hitting, picking at skin, pulling hair, biting, burning, or branding. Also called self-injury, self-mutilation or cutting, self-harm is any intentional harm that a teen or adolescent causes to their own body, often as a coping mechanism to deal with stress and feelings that seem overwhelming. Many teens and adolescents who self-harm never learned a better, less extreme way of dealing with stress. Signs of self-harm in teens include wearing long sleeves and pants in warmer weather, low self-esteem, difficulty dealing with feelings, and the appearance of sharp objects such as razors.

  • Bipolar Disorder– Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a disorder that causes unusual mood shifts, energy shifts, changes in activity level and the ability to carry out daily tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder can be severe and are different from the normal highs and lows that we experience from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can negatively affect relationships and job and school performance. Bipolar disorder often develops in the late teens and can be difficult to see when it begins. Initially, symptoms may seem separate from each other. Teens and adolescents with bipolar disorder can, with treatment, lead full and productive lives.

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Mental Health Treatment Specialties

We firmly believe that teens and adolescents need specialized treatment when dealing with mental health disorders. Treatment with Discovery's program is specially designed to provide each adolescent with the personalized treatment necessary to safely affect real behavioral, social, emotional and spiritual growth. The central goal is to provide effective and intensive treatment in a treatment setting where connection, trust, and growth can be fostered. The validated treatment program focuses on helping teens and adolescents learn about and deal with their disorders and the issues surrounding them in order to support long-term recovery.

F.I.T. Program

Our Fitness in Therapy Program promotes overall self-wellness through the development of physical, mental, and emotional health. Our skilled clinical team and physical fitness experts created a program that provides an invigorating fitness experience. Client participation in this program has resulted in significant positive gains in individual self-growth and self-esteem. Our F.I.T. program instills a sense of community amongst our clients through weekly incentive based off-site fitness outings and monthly award ceremonies.

Life Skills

Our Life Skills group therapy is experiential in addressing the individual needs of our clients. Activities implemented will educate our clients on the necessary skills of daily life. Our clinicians incorporate life skills into the treatment setting through various activities, including; traditional household chores, cooking skills, and healthy communication. Our dedicated staff works one-on-one with the clients to assist in the development of skills necessary for independent living; such as resume writing, interview preparation, and self-exploration into future ambitions and life goals.

Client Advocacy

Our clinical staff is committed to working to ensure an optimal transition from treatment. Our multidisciplinary treatment team will collaborate with previous treatment providers, social workers, educational liaisons, attorneys, and other professionals to ensure that the client and family are fully supported throughout treatment.

Intensive Family Treatment

Our Mental Health Program focuses on family dynamics and altering the roles within the family unit. We offer an intensive family program with 1-2 weekly family therapy sessions, a weekly multifamily process group, weekend family workshops, and onsite and offsite passes with family experientials. Our family systems approach allows for the entire family to work through systemic issues that affect both the client and family.

Small Intimate Treatment Setting

Research has indicated that the most successful treatment for adolescent mental and behavioral health is provided within a gender-specific residential treatment setting. Our six bed residential program addresses the distinct needs of our clients in a safe and nurturing environment. By incorporating multiple therapeutic approaches in a gender-specific, small treatment setting, our residents can remain solely focused on their emotional recovery.

Frequency of Session

Center For Discovery has the strongest and most effective clinical program in the country. Upon admission, each client will receive 3-4 weekly individual therapy sessions, 1-2 weekly family therapy sessions, dietary consultation as appropriate, and 1 psychiatric evaluation per week. In addition, our clients will participate in 3-5 group therapy sessions per day (30 groups per week); including, DBT, CBT, Process, Commitments, Person of your Word, Equine Therapy, and Family Process group.

Empirical Treatment Approach

The Discovery programs utilize empirically-validated therapeutic interventions to deliver a unique and highly individualized treatment plan for each client. By incorporating treatment interventions, such as, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Equine Therapy, Trauma Based Therapy, Life Skills group, and Social Skills interventions, we have adapted to newer forms of treatment that have been clinically proven to be effective.

Nearly everyone has had their life touched by mental health disorders, whether through a friend, family member or through direct experience themselves. Three of the more common mental health disorders that are diagnosed are depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. These three are often present alongside each other, though this is not always the case. We specialize in treating the co-occurring conditions that often arise with these disorders (trauma, self-harm, anxiety, depression, attachment). We understand how difficult it is to struggle alone and how important it is to get help for your loved one that is hurting. We can also help if your teen or adolescent is dealing with academic or legal issues relating to their mental health disorder. We focus treatment on healing and on improving the long term self-sufficiency of our clients and their families and to help them live a satisfying, meaningful, and full life.

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