When To Find Help For A Struggling Teen
Confusion from the situation and bombardment of feelings may lead to erratic behavior, as teens strive to restore a sense of belonging. Teens who withdraw from family during or after divorce are at greater risk for developing mood disorders, drug or alcohol use, and behavioral problems. When behavioral problems arise, loved ones may feel helpless and worried. Professional intervention can help restore positive thoughts and behaviors and prevent things from getting worse.
When a teen appears to struggle, it may be time to seek help. Behavioral problems can permanently affect future academic and vocational plans. In addition, untreated behavior problems can be deadly, due to the increased risk of accidents, suicide, overdose and death. Symptoms may be subtle or obvious, but professional help is most likely needed when:
- The teen is non-communicative and withdrawn
- The teen loses interest in usual activities
- The teen refuses to visit or speak to parent(s)
- The teen’s appetite or weight decreases or increases, unrelated to normal growth
- The teen’s personal hygiene suffers
- There is any evidence of drug or alcohol use
- The teen demonstrates violent behavior
- The teen has problems at school
- The teen has run-ins with law enforcement
Teens and their families who do complete treatment often report that the whole experience brought them closer than before, and they are better able to handle difficulties as they arise. A broken marriage does not necessarily mean a broken family. Sometimes, teens simply need some help getting through the tough times to heal and emerge resilient. Compassionate and effective treatment is available, so there is no reason to go on struggling.
Treatment For Teens Of Divorce
When treatment becomes necessary, Sovereign Health is a top choice. Our beautiful Rancho San Diego facility is accredited by The Joint Commission and offers world-class care for teens with behavioral problems, mental illness, substance use, eating disorders, co-occurring and other conditions. We understand the issues that teens of divorce face specifically, so we design treatment plans that maximize protective factors and reduce risk factors.
Sovereign Health provides age-appropriate, developmentally sensitive treatment using evidence-based modalities. Treatment consists of individual, group and family psychotherapy; cognitive-behavioral therapy; cognitive remediation; lifestyle development; process groups; relapse prevention and more. Neurofeedback is offered as an adjunct therapy when indicated.
Experiential therapy provides teens an opportunity to learn new skills and discover healthy ways to express themselves. Experiential therapy at Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego includes equine therapy, expressive arts, yoga and more. Recreational therapy includes indoor and outdoor activities as well as off-site facilitated adventures.