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Behavioral disorders in teens entail a pattern of behaviors that disrupt an adolescent’s life not only at home but also at school. Some of the common symptoms of behavioral disorders in teens include hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness. Usually the symptoms of a mental illness show up during adolescence. Hence, it is quite significant for guardians and parents to identify these signs and symptoms of behavioral disorders and seek professional help at the earliest.

Understanding Behavioral Disorders

There are different types of behavioral disorders that affect adolescents and teens. One of the common types of brain disorder known as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), diagnosed in teens, is characterized by an ongoing pattern of inattentiveness, impulsive behaviors, and hyperactivity. For instance, a teen with ADHD usually faces difficulty in focusing on a particular task and shows signs of fidgeting and moving about constantly. Such an individual often interrupts others and tends to act rashly without considering the implications of their actions.

Teen Behavioral Health Warning Signs

A lot of times it becomes challenging for parents and guardians to figure out if certain behaviors exhibited by their teens should be considered as normal or as a warning sign of something more serious. Some of the common warning signs that parents can look out for to identify behavioral disorders include:

  • Inflicting harm on animals or other people
  • Causing self-harm
  • Drinking, smoking or any other substance abuse
  • Facing problems with schoolwork
  • Lying
  • Stealing
  • Skipping school
  • Tantrums and/or frequent arguments

Often, certain set of behaviors, such as temper tantrums, unhealthy eating or sleeping habits, oppositional behavior, criminal activity, and alcohol and drug abuse, appear to be just bad behavior patterns. However, in reality they may be warning signs or indications that your teen is facing a more serious issue that needs timely professional intervention.

Common Consequences of Teen Behavioral Disorders

Behavioral disorders in teens, if not identified and addressed at the right time, may lead to risky sexual behaviors, which in turn may lead to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), alcohol or drug abuse, and problems in academics. If behavioral issues in teens remain unaddressed, they eventually progress into:

  • Mental disorders, such as anxiety or depression disorder, which drastically change an individual’s thoughts, emotions and/or behaviors. It can even affect their overall personality, emotional well-being, schoolwork and interpersonal relationships.
  • Substance abuse disorders, getting into trouble with the law, and severe health consequences as an outcome of alcohol or any other substance abuse.

It is usually observed that when teens develop a mental disorder like depression, they are more drawn towards drugs or alcohol. They also withdraw socially from their friends and may even become suicidal. In order to avert such consequences, it is imperative that parents openly discuss any kind of emotional or behavioral issues that their teen may be facing.

With effective treatments such as stress management, relaxation techniques, and coping skills taught during individual or group therapy, teens can learn about different ways of responding to their issues. They can utilize these skills to effectively deal with negative emotions, instead of harming themselves, drinking or using drugs.

Why Choose ADEONA Healthcare?

ADEONA Healthcare’s adolescent residential facility in Rancho San Diego offers individualized and comprehensive behavioral health treatment programs for young individuals, in the age group of 12 to 17, dealing with behavioral issues, mental disorders, and related concerns.

We also offer individual family and group therapies to teens and ensure that they have all the required support they need in order to successfully recover and shine in their lives. ADEONA Healthcare also offers evidence-based treatment modalities as a part of all their behavioral health treatment programs rendered to teens for mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Some of the treatment modalities available at Rancho San Diego include:

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

The ADEONA Healthcare Behavioral Health Treatment Program offered at Rancho San Diego covers topics such as:

  • Meditation
  • Process groups
  • DBT skill building
  • Optional 12-step groups
  • SMART Recovery (non 12-step groups)
  • Art activities
  • Stress and symptom management
  • Medication management
  • Skill building
  • Exercise
  • Yoga

Our team of specialized professionals at ADEONA Healthcare work in collaboration to address the needs and goals of young patients and their families. If you are a parent of a teen with any kind of behavioral health issues, you can learn more about our treatment plans by calling our 24/7 helpline (888) 997-3966. You can also chat online with our admission counselor for further assistance.

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