Most adults can look back on their teen years and recall the ups and downs that characterize this pivotal developmental stage. Caught between childhood and adulthood, teens are tasked with forging an identity and juggling a multitude of influences at home and at school. As teens learn to navigate the world around them and form meaningful relationships, it is typical that they show signs of stress from time to time.
Major transitions during the teen years can have a strong impact on a teenager’s mental health, and some may show signs of distress after a major loss or change. This is a typical human response to transition and will usually resolve over time with the proper self-care. But sometimes, a teen’s stress response will be prolonged, and will not show signs of dissipating long after the activating event or circumstance has passed.
When this occurs, it may be a sign that the teen has developed a mental health condition known as adjustment disorder, and will require professional help to overcome this damaging disorder. At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we have a deep understanding of the needs of teens who are suffering from adjustment disorder, and other co-occurring illnesses. Our experienced, compassionate staff is here to offer expert guidance in creating a plan of care that will help your teen go on to reclaim his or her health and wellbeing.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Witnessing a teen struggle with adjustment disorder, or any malady that prevents him or her from realizing his or her full potential, is a difficult experience. However, there are some steps you can take to get a teen you care about into the treatment program that can help him or her turn his or her life around. Consider the following
- Take time to learn about adjustment disorder, the more you know about the way this mental health condition affects teens, the more supportive you will be able to be to him or her.
- Explore options for care in your area that have programming which is specifically designed to assist teens with mental health and/or substance abuse problems, if needed.
- Prepare to be met with some resistance. Entering treatment is a major transition for anyone, and teens are no exception. Respond with kindness and compassion, assuring your teen that you have his or her best interest at heart.
- Engage in self-care throughout this process. By taking good care of yourself you will be better equipped to get your teen the help he or she needs, and you will be modeling healthy behaviors in the process.
Why Consider Treatment at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
Left untreated, a mental health condition, such as adjustment disorder, will only worsen over time if the events or circumstances that lead to the onset of the condition remain ongoing. Without getting professional help through a program like the one offered at Greenleaf, teens who struggle with adjustment disorder will continue to suffer negative consequences to their emotional and physiological health, and will be robbed of their potential to flourish in many aspects of life.
Types of Treatment Offered at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
Located in Valdosta, Georgia, Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital is a pioneering provider of world class mental health and substance abuse treatment for individuals of all ages. Since treating its first client, this 73-bed center has offered a supportive and caring environment in which teens, men, and women can come to heal and grow into healthier and more productive beings.
At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we understand how difficult adolescence can be when a mental health condition is present. For this reason, we are proud to offer acute inpatient programming for teens between the ages of 12 and 17. When engaged in this invaluable program, young people benefit from compassionate support from our staff and time-tested therapeutic interventions that are proven to help teens successfully manage mental health and substance use concerns. Additionally, each teen is afforded highly personalized care in the form of individualized treatment planning that takes into account each young person’s needs and goals for treatment.
Once the streamlined admissions process is complete, our staff will determine the methods of care that can best address the treatment requirements of the youth. Once done, the teens treated at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital will then experience a blend of the following effective interventions:
Medication management services: Teens who come to Greenleaf for the treatment of adjustment disorder may require pharmaceutical intervention in order to stabilize and more effectively manage their symptoms. When this is the case, our expertly trained psychiatrists will work closely with each teen and his or her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) so that it can be conclusively determined if medication is necessary. These same staff members, along with the other mental health professionals at Greenleaf, are able to monitor the administration and effectiveness of any medication prescribed so that each young person who receives this type of care will experience the most favorable treatment outcomes.
Detoxification services: For some teens, substance use concerns are present at the same time as adjustment disorder. Because of this fact, we are pleased to offer detoxification services so that harmful substances of abuse can be cleared from teens’ bodies in order for them to progress in their healing processes. Detoxification is a closely monitored service, as the health and wellbeing of the adolescents we treat are our top priority.
Individual therapy: Since each teen we treat is a unique person, with varying strengths, needs, and treatment initiatives, we purposefully include individual therapy in the care available to young people needing treatment for adjustment disorder. During individual therapy sessions, teens will be able to meet with a member of our staff so that they can talk about concerns that they may not feel comfortable discussing in a group setting, process their past experiences and how they are doing in treatment, and work to establish goals for the present and future. These sessions are scheduled on an as-needed basis and can be monumentally helpful for the young people entrusted into our care, as they enable teens to receive the individual attention they deserve.
Group therapy: A great deal can be gained when one is able to receive encouragement and support from others who are grappling with similar concerns. At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, the treatment we offer teens includes daily group therapy sessions so that each young person is able experience peer support, practice coping skills, and process through their feelings and emotions with other teens who may have experienced similar struggles. When a youth comes to us battling adjustment disorder, these sessions can be integral in helping him or her develop the confidence needed to heal and become well again. Among the topics covered in group therapy sessions, the following are those that are commonly featured:
- Addictive behaviors and triggers
- Effectively expressing emotions
- Life skills
- Stress management
- Anger management
- Communication skills
Experiential therapy: At Greenleaf, we recognize the importance of remaining active and creative beings while working towards healing from adjustment disorder. Given this fact, we are proud to offer recreational and creative opportunities to the teens we treat so that they can experience healing on all levels. Depending on each teen’s needs, we facilitate physical fitness activities and creative art projects that are supervised by the dedicated staff who are providing treatment at our hospital.
Family therapy: We have found that the young people we treat tend to thrive and experience more favorable treatment outcomes when they have positive support from the individuals who are closest to them. For this reason, our adolescent programming includes family therapy sessions with a member of our compassionate staff. As a teen learns to manage the symptoms of adjustment disorder, he or she also learns to rely on the support of loved ones, and family members are given the support and guidance for how they can best help the young person once he or she returns home. Family therapy sessions are also designed to help mend the emotional wounds of the past so that the family unit can move forward as a united front.
Family education: For the parents and legal guardians of teens struggling with adjustment disorder, it may be confusing to know what exactly to do to help someone grappling with this type of mental health concern. For this reason, we offer parents and legal guardians support and guidance in the form of education while their children are in our care. During family education opportunities, our staff will do the following:
- Provide them with the resources needed to help their children thrive long after leaving Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
- Inform those closest to our clients on how to best support their child during and after treatment is complete
- Explain the effects of mental illness on their children’s emotions and behavior
Discharge planning: At Greenleaf, we strive to improve the lives of all we treat and arm them with the confidence and skills needed to be healthier. Each teen who is treated for adjustment disorder benefits from the aforementioned methods of care, and is also afforded a thorough discharge plan so that they can continue to be successful in managing their adjustment disorder symptoms. Discharge planning at Greenleaf is an ongoing process that aims to address each teen’s barriers to wellness, and attempts to put resources in place so as to ensure that a life of improved mental health is achieved.
Once a teen has successfully completed our acute inpatient program, he or she may be recommended to participate in a lower level of care so that his or her healing journey can continue. Depending on the recommendations set forth in the youth’s discharge plan, Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital offers both a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP). These two outpatient treatment options are designed to help teens working to manage the symptoms of adjustment disorder slowly transition back into their communities by providing them with the additional services needed to become well again.
As a leading provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment, Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital is pleased to offer the high quality care teens need to address, process, and manage such concerns. We firmly believe that we can help your child learn to better handle the symptoms of adjustment disorder, and we look forward to providing you with the support you need to help this special person in your life. If you would like to learn more about Greenleaf, our treatment methods, how we can help your child, or to begin the process of admissions, feel free to contact us at your convenience.
At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we are uniquely prepared to help your teen build the foundation for a healthier future.