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Mental disorders can lead to changes in a person’s emotions, thoughts and/or behaviors. They can lead to pervasive and ongoing symptoms that have the potential to impact children’s and adolescents’ schoolwork, friendships, sleeping or eating habits and interests in normal activities. Symptoms of mental disorders can influence a teen’s behavior, thoughts, emotions, personal habits, personality, and/or social relationships.

If left untreated, mental health disorders in teens can have serious consequences on their health. Therefore, it is imperative to get them treated at a certified teen mental health rehab. Mental health facilities for teens offer a dynamic and supportive environment to adolescents struggling with a variety of mental health concerns and substance addiction.

Risk Factors

Some factors can increase a teen’s risk of developing a mental disorder. In 2012, a paper by the World Health Organization, “Risks to Mental Health: An Overview of Vulnerabilities and Risk Factors,” outlined cultural, community, social, family and individual factors in a variety of settings (e.g., home, family, school, work, community, etc.) that can increase a person’s risk of developing a mental illness at some point in his or her lifespan.

The following factors can increase the risk for mental health problems:

  • Cultural: Low socio-economic status, adverse learning environments, media influences, discrimination, social inequalities and social exclusion
  • Social: Bullying and other difficulties at school and peer pressure
  • Community: Poor housing and living conditions, job insecurity and unemployment
  • Family: Family violence or conflict, parental loss, low sense of connection to school or other learning environments, trauma, abuse or other maltreatment and maternal substance use during pregnancy
  • Individual: Genetic vulnerability, alcohol and/or drug use, substance abuse, low self-esteem, malnutrition or poor appetite, anti-social behavior and poor physical health

Warning Signs

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), some of the warning signs that children, adolescents and young adults may be experiencing symptoms of mental disorders include:

  • Having problem sleeping
  • Poor appetite
  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Complaining about feeling sick or having stomach aches
  • 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)
  • Difficulty managing responsibilities at home or school
  • Inability to cope with daily activities and problems
  • Withdraw or isolate from friends and/or social activities
  • Avoid social interactions
  • Preoccupation with excessive exercise or dieting
  • Hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t really there (hallucinations)
  • Self-destructive behaviors

Young people with a mental disorder can exhibit reckless, self-destructive and dangerous behaviors that can force them to harm themselves or other people. Whether a teenager is drinking alcohol, taking drugs or is exhibiting changes in his or her normal behavior, it is important for parents to understand that even subtle changes (e.g., irritability) may indicate that the child or teen needs help. Children and teens who experience suicidal thoughts or behaviors may also need immediate mental health help; therefore, it is important to seek professional assistance if their symptoms start to become unmanageable.

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Why Choose Sovereign Health’s Mental Health Treatment Centers?

Sovereign Health’s mental health treatment centers provide evidence-based treatments, along with complementary and experiential treatments and activities such as neurofeedback. Our mental health inpatient treatment centers offer holistic treatment programs for various mental health conditions.

At Sovereign’s Rancho San Diego’s facility, adolescents ages 12 to 17 receive comprehensive behavioral treatment programs for mental disorders and related issues. At our teen mental health rehab, a combination of individual and group therapies offer the peer support teens need for a successful treatment and recovery. At the Rancho San Diego facility, individual therapy is provided once or twice per week. We offer diverse treatment modalities such as:

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

Our rehab for mental illness at Rancho San Diego also offers group therapy, with students participating in three to six groups each day. Some of the groups include:

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

Residential mental health facilities offer adolescents intensive therapeutic interventions in a structured, home-like environment with an emphasis on trust, respect and responsibility. Teens who receive proper mental health treatment can learn effective ways to deal with their anger and stress, and manage their symptoms so that they can overcome mental health conditions and live happy, productive and meaningful lives. To know about mental health help, contact us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-615-7266 to learn more about our finest mental health facilities for teens near you.

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