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To navigate through the teens can be challenging as there is constant pressure to do well in school, be liked by everyone else, social media pressure, look good, and so much more. This pressure can escalate with time, changing a teens’ thought process and the way they regulate emotions. The stress and changed behavioral pattern may lead to the development of mental disorders, affecting the teen’s performance at school, friendships, eating and sleeping habits, and interest in day-to-day activities.

If left untreated, mental health problems in teens can worsen leading to debilitating consequences. Therefore, it is imperative to seek treatment for mental disorders at a certified mental health center, committed to looking after this age-group under a compassionate and skilled care system. The environment should be conducive to the mental and overall well-being of the teen. The treatment modalities devised should be able to empower the teen to cope with the challenges that life has to offer, while contributing to the society.

Risk Factors for Teen Mental Health

Some teens have a higher risk factor of developing a mental health disorder than others. These risk factors are:

  • Female gender
  • Genetic vulnerability
  • Early puberty
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficult temperament
  • Low level of depressive symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Insecure attachment
  • Poor social skills
  • Extreme need for approval and social support
  • Shyness
  • Emotional challenges in childhood
  • Conduct disorder
  • Favorable attitude towards drugs
  • Rebellious nature
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Head injury
  • Marijuana use
  • Childhood exposure to neurotoxins like lead and mercury
  • Parental depression
  • Parental conflict
  • Poor parenting
  • Child abuse/maltreatment
  • Divorce
  • Parent/s with anxiety
  • Parent/s unemployment
  • Parental drug/alcohol use
  • Lack of adult supervision
  • Poor attachment with parents
  • Peer rejection
  • Poor academic achievement
  • Poverty
  • Community violence
  • School violence

Warning Signs

When a teen throws tantrums, it is difficult to guess if it just a part of growing up or some underlying mental health issue. If symptoms remain constant for weeks or for months, it may be prudent to seek professional help. Some of the common symptoms of mental health disorders that teens exhibit are:

  • Hearing voices or seeing things that are not really there (hallucinations)
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Having problem sleeping
  • Poor appetite
  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Inability to cope with daily activities and problems
  • Withdrawal or isolation from friends and/or social activities
  • Avoiding social interactions
  • Complaining about feeling sick or having recurrent and unexplained stomachaches
  • Frequent anger outbursts or temper tantrums (younger children)
  • Drinking alcohol and/or using drugs
  • Deterioration in performance at school
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Hyperactivity
  • Excessive fears, anxiety and worry
  • Difficulty controlling emotions
  • Negative mood
  • Anger and/or irritability
  • Thoughts of death/suicide
  • Self-harming behaviors (e.g. cutting or burning)
  • Difficulty managing responsibilities at home or school

As a parent, teacher or a guardian, it is important to be watchful of these symptoms. If the symptoms worsen over time, one must arrange for professional help.

Why Choose ADEONA Healthcare for Teen Mental Health Treatment?

At ADEONA Healthcare of Rancho San Diego, adolescents aged 12 to 17 receive comprehensive behavioral treatment programs for mental disorders and related issues. We offer a combination of individual and group therapies crucial for successful treatment and recovery. Other treatment modalities offered at our center include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solution focused therapy (SFT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills
  • Anger management
  • Stress reduction skills
  • Grief counseling

Our rehab center for mental illness also offers group therapy, with patients participating in three to six groups each day. Some such groups are:

  • Process groups
  • Meditation
  • DBT skill building
  • Optional 12-step groups
  • SMART Recovery (non-12 step groups)
  • Art activities
  • Stress reduction skills
  • Skill building (e.g., to deal with stress and anger)
  • Medication management
  • Symptom management
  • Exercise and yoga

Our team of skilled professionals is sensitive towards the needs of vulnerable teens. We understand that teens receiving proper mental health treatment can learn effective ways to deal with their anger and stress and manage their symptoms to overcome mental health conditions and live happy, productive and meaningful lives.

To learn more about ADEONA Healthcare’s mental disorder treatment programs, call our 24/7 helpline (888) 997-3966. You can also chat online with a representative for further assistance.

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