Mental health conditions are becoming more prevalent in the United States, particularly among teenagers. In many cases, teenagers require mental health therapies to regain control of their mental and physical health. If you’re considering finding mental health treatment for your son, you may have noticed that there are a range of treatment options available. While no one treatment can treat every mental health condition, individualized treatment options can address your teen’s challenges.
At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we recognize that mental health issues can have a dramatic impact on your child. We can help address these challenges and give your son the tools to manage his mental health. To learn more about our dual diagnosis treatment programs, please call Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today at 662.373.2828.
What Are Mental Health Issues?
Mental health concerns are health conditions that involve changes in your teen’s emotions, thoughts, or behavioral patterns, or some combination of these three factors. Many people associate mental health issues with distress and challenges functioning in either familial, professional, or social settings. Unfortunately, mental health concerns are all too common today. Nearly 20% of people in the United States have experienced at least one form of a mental health issue. Many of these people have severe mental health concerns, and many more have a diagnosable substance use disorder.
Mental health concerns are wide-ranging and may include disorders such as:
Depression results in feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in their former hobbies. It can lead to suicidal thoughts or actions, so it’s critical to seek treatment for your teen if they’re experiencing this condition.
Fear and worry are a normal part of life. However, if these feelings impact your teen’s ability to function at home or school, it may be time to seek treatment.
Bipolar disorder is a mental health concern that causes extreme changes in an individual’s mood, ability to function, and energy as they swing between manic and depressive episodes.
Trauma and PTSD
Trauma is the result of experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. If the individual is unable to process this trauma, they may develop PTSD.
ADHD is common in teenage boys. They may experience inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
The good news is that many mental health concerns are treatable. Many people with mental health issues are able to heal and function successfully in their day-to-day life. However, the first step is to find treatment.
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The Importance of Mental Health Treatment
Mental health conditions can be challenging, especially for teenagers who don’t have the tools to manage their condition. If teens are battling a dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety, or another mental health concern, they may experience symptoms such as:
- Extreme tiredness, low energy, or having trouble sleeping
- Withdrawing from hobbies and friends or family members
- Mood swings ranging from extreme highs to intense lows
- Excessive feelings of guilt, worry, or sadness
- Reduced concentration abilities and confused thinking
Through mental health treatment, teens can work to understand the behaviors, feelings, and ideas that can trigger their mental health condition. They can then learn how to change those feelings. They can also understand how events in their life, such as a divorce or a death in the family, can contribute to their condition. Once they have reached that understanding, they can work on solving or improving their situation. Through adolescent mental health treatment, your teen can regain a sense of control, finding more pleasure in life. They’ll also be able to gain healthy problem-solving skills and coping techniques that they can rely on outside of treatment.
Types of Mental Health Treatment Available
There are three distinct categories of mental health treatment. The first category is individual therapy, which involves one-on-one treatment between your teen and one of our therapists. This treatment can be particularly effective in helping your teen understand what their unique triggers are.
We also offer group therapy options. This treatment requires two or more people to work with each other to share experiences and learn from one another’s experiences. When your teen works with other teenage boys, they can form friendships and relationships that can last a lifetime.
Family therapy is the third category of mental health treatment. We believe family is a critical part of mental health recovery, as it helps people to recover and have a reliable support network outside of treatment. Family members can also understand what the teen is going through and how they can support their loved one’s recovery.
At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we utilize a range of therapeutic options as part of mental health treatment. For instance, your teen’s therapy may include:
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
Fly fishing therapy
With the help of our mental health treatment options, your child can begin the journey to long-term recovery.
The Need for Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Dual diagnosis treatment is a term that sounds frightening, but it is fairly straightforward. This term refers to the treatment of both mental health concerns and substance use disorder simultaneously. Many teens begin using substances as a way to numb or self-medicate mental health symptoms. Conversely, some substances can result in overwhelming mental health symptoms.
In both cases, it is often a good idea to treat both conditions concurrently. If your teen only receives treatment for their mental health concern, their continued substance use could lead to new or worsening mental health symptoms. Alternatively, if they only get treatment for their substance use, their mental health symptoms will return uninhibited. Without the proper tools to manage these symptoms, many teens will return to their substance use in an effort to cope.
With the help of dual diagnosis treatment, teens can find the tools they need to manage both conditions concurrently. At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we offer an exemplary dual diagnosis treatment program. For instance, in addition to our mental health treatment programs, we also offer treatment for a range of substance use disorders, including:
- Alcohol use disorder
- Heroin use disorder
- Cocaine use disorder
- Prescription drug use disorder
- Opioid use disorder
With the help of our treatment programs, your teen can learn how to create healthy goals, avoid triggers that lead to a return to substance use, and manage their mental health concerns in a healthy way.
Find Treatment at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center Today
If your teen is struggling with mental health conditions, it is vital to seek treatment as soon as possible. Without treatment, your teen’s mental health concerns may worsen or lead to drug and alcohol use. However, with the proper treatment, it is possible for your teen to recover and live a normal and healthy life.
The team at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center has experience in treating a wide array of mental health concerns. We will work with your teen to help them learn how to manage their symptoms and create goals that they can aim for outside treatment. We offer inpatient treatment for teens suffering from mental health problems. In addition, we will soon be offering virtual intensive outpatient programs for those who cannot come to our Oxford, Mississippi facility.
If your teen is suffering from a mental health condition, there is hope. Call 662.373.2828 today to learn more about our treatment programs or to enroll your teen in our mental health treatment center.