Adolescents, like adults, can struggle to adapt to certain life changes in a healthy manner. Events such as parental divorce, moving to a new home, changing schools, the birth of a new baby, and other types of circumstances that require a person to adjust can sometimes be difficult to cope with when they happen.
When a teen endures changes such as these, is unable to adapt, and experiences emotional distress that hinders daily functioning, that youth may be grappling with the symptoms of adjustment disorder. Considered a trauma-related mental health condition, adjustment disorder can significantly impact a youth’s ability to carry out daily tasks, adhere to home and academic responsibilities, and live an otherwise healthy life. Fortunately, adolescents who are suffering from adjustment disorder do not have to remain in a state of ongoing distress if proper treatment is sought.
At Riverview Behavioral Health, we understand how difficult it can be to go through a major life change and be unable to cope in a healthy manner, and we also recognize how detrimental adjustment disorder symptoms can be to an adolescent’s development. Because of these facts, we are pleased to offer the transformative programming that teens need to become well again.
With the support of our dedicated staff, adolescents can overcome the symptoms of adjustment disorder and live a more satisfying life with a newfound ability to cope with change.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If a teen in your life has undergone some sort of important change in his or her life, but is clearly struggling to adapt to that change, you have probably become worried for him or her. As someone who cares about this adolescent, there are things that you can do help him or her get through this difficult time. Take note of the following:
- Learn about adjustment disorder, including its symptoms and possible effects. You may also want to consult with a mental health professional in your community to learn about the options for care that are available to young people battling this condition.
- Once you have an idea of the types of treatment that can help your teen, research treatment centers that offer those levels of care, contact a few, and learn about their admissions processes.
- Speak to your teen about the need for treatment and explain to him or her the benefits of seeking care. You may be initially met with resistance, though it is important to remain calm, empathic, and supportive during this conversation.
- Schedule an assessment at a treatment center of your choosing based on the research you have done. Make sure that you are present for this assessment if you are the adolescent’s parent or legal guardian, as you will need to complete paperwork and provide important details about your teen’s presenting issues.
Once your child has been admitted to a program, it is a good idea to do the following:
- Remain in regular contact with him or her.
- Keep up with your teen’s progress by being available to speak with your teen’s treatment team.
- Attend and actively participate in any family therapy sessions that may be scheduled.
- Be part of your teen’s discharge planning process, as doing so will inform you of what steps made need to be taken once he or she is ready to return home.
- Follow through on any aftercare recommendations set forth by your teen’s treatment team so that your child can continue building upon whatever positive progress he or she has made.
Why Consider Treatment at Riverview Behavioral Health
The severity of adjustment disorder symptoms can vary depending on the type and number of impactful events that occurred prior to the onset of said symptoms. When allowed to persist, adjustment disorder can wreak havoc of a teen’s life and disrupt healthy daily functioning. Being able to participate at school may be more difficult, completing homework may be rife with obstacles, and academic failure is possible if symptoms of this illness begin interfering with academic achievement.
Additionally, untreated adjustment disorder symptoms may trigger the onset of certain other mental illnesses, self-harming behaviors, and/or the abuse of substances the longer treatment is delayed or not received. Relationships with family members and peers can also become strained, as mood swings and other emotional disturbances can alienate a teen from those to whom he or she was once close. What is imperative to know, however, is that adjustment disorder and any co-occurring conditions that may be present do not have to impact an adolescent’s life in the long-term.
With effective treatment, a teen can develop the confidence, skills, and drive to persevere through stress in healthier ways.
Types of Treatment Offered at Riverview Behavioral Health
Riverview Behavioral Health, which is conveniently located in Texarkana, Texas, is an exemplary provider of mental health treatment for individuals of all ages who are battling a myriad of mental health concerns. With several forms of care available, those in the Texarkana area have relied on Riverview as the go-to mental health treatment center when someone is requiring immediate stabilization of mental health symptoms, as well as longer-term treatment for youth who need additional support to manage the symptoms of adjustment disorder and other mental and behavioral health concerns.
When young people between the ages of 5 and 17 need prompt and effective mental health treatment, they can benefit greatly from Riverview Behavioral Health’s inpatient programming. This level of care features only the most effective treatment methods, as well as behavior modification techniques that are proven to help young people improve their emotional wellness and learn to control impulsive behaviors. The staff of professionals who supply treatment do so with an unparalleled dedication to helping children and teens thrive, and each young person who comes for care is perceived as an individual with unique needs, strengths, and goals for the future.
We assess the treatment requirements of every child and adolescent who is in need of our services so that our staff can determine if our programming is appropriate for him or her and which methods of care will bring about the most positive results. Among the interventions that may be incorporated into a young person’s treatment plan, the following are those that our inpatient program offers:
Medication management services: Children and adolescents who come to Riverview Behavioral Health may benefit from certain medications if adjustment disorder symptoms are severe. When indicated during our streamlined admissions process, our staff will speak to the child’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) about the need for medication, and, if consented by those responsible for the child or teen, our onsite psychiatrist can determine what kind and the amount of a medication(s) that will benefit the child or adolescent most. While a young person is taking psychotropic medication(s), our team of compassionate nurses closely monitors the effectiveness of any medication(s) given so as to preserve the safety and overall wellness of the children and adolescents entrusted in our care.
Medical care: As a means of ensuring that each child and adolescent is maintaining good health while receiving treatment for adjustment disorder, we employ a medical doctor and nurse practitioner so that the basic medical needs of the children and adolescents we treat are cared for. Additionally, the same team of nurses that assists in the monitoring of each child and adolescent’s progress while taking psychotropic medication(s) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide medical care and support for the duration of a youth’s time at Riverview Behavioral Health.
Individual therapy: Each week, children and teens at Riverview Behavioral Health are able to meet with a licensed mental health professional for individual therapy sessions. During these sessions, a young person can discuss managing the symptoms of adjustment disorder, experiences of the past, goals for the present, and ambitions for the future. Additionally, children and teens grappling with adjustment disorder symptoms can utilize individual therapy sessions to process their feelings and emotions in a safe space so that they can improve upon their overall emotional wellness.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are an integral part of the care that children and adolescents receive while at Riverview Behavioral Health. Led by licensed mental health professionals and behavioral health technicians, young people partake in process groups and other types of group therapy opportunities multiple times per day while working to heal from adjustment disorder. Among the topics that may be covered during group therapy sessions, the following are those that children and adolescents may talk about with our staff and their peers:
- Crisis intervention
- Stress management
- Education on mental health conditions
- Medication education
- Anxiety management
- Any topics that may be relevant to the group that influence positive treatment outcomes
- Art therapy
- Coping skills
Education services: At Riverview Behavioral Health, we will do all that we can to prevent disruption in our young patients’ education while they are receiving care for adjustment disorder. Because of this initiative, while a child or adolescent is partaking in our inpatient care, he or she will participate in the education services that we offer each day. We have certified teachers onsite who will conduct lesson plans, assist with schoolwork, and help children and adolescents continue working towards any academic endeavors that they may have.
Family therapy: Because the success of our young patients’ healing journeys are often reliant on the support they have with their family members and/or other loved ones, we, at Riverview Behavioral Health, include family therapy in our child and adolescent inpatient programming. Offered at least one time each week, family therapy sessions are conducted by our staff and can help youth and those closest to them understand adjustment disorder better and forge healthier bonds that can support emotional wellness for all involved. We strongly encourage family members to participate in these sessions, as we believe that children and adolescents experience more favorable treatment outcomes when they know they have the backing of their families and loved ones.
Family program: Whether a child or teen has been battling adjustment disorder for some time, or if a young person has been recently diagnosed with adjustment disorder, family members and/or legal guardians often have several questions about their child’s mental health and require support of their own during this time in their lives. For these reasons, Riverview Behavioral Health is pleased to offer a family program that allows parents, guardians, and loved ones to participate in group therapy opportunities, partake in educational lectures about mental health conditions, and benefit from the support of other families who have a loved one grappling with mental health concerns. This program does require preregistration in order to attend, and all who come for this invaluable service will leave with a greater understanding of their child’s condition and of themselves as providers of support for him or her.
Depending on the needs of the child or teen who is suffering from adjustment disorder, the interventions that are incorporated into the customized treatment plan that is created can vary. Some methods of care will occur more or less frequently, though each youth is able participate in any of the interventions that we offer. We make the treatment planning process personalized so that each young person is able to experience the most favorable treatment outcomes possible.
Furthermore, in addition to personalized treatment planning, each patient in our child and adolescent inpatient program receives individualized discharge planning. From the moment that they are admitted, our staff plans for each youth’s discharge so that children and teens have the follow-up supports and resources in place that will allow them to continue managing adjustment disorder symptoms in a healthy manner. Among the supports and services that a youth may access, we are pleased to provide school-based services that can assist young people in improving their emotional wellness, while receiving a top notch education at the same time as healing from adjustment disorder.
If your child or an important youth in your life could benefit from the world class care that Riverview Behavioral Health has to offer, feel free to contact our center at your convenience to learn more about the programming options we have available. At Riverview, we strive to improve the lives of every young person who is entrusted to our care, and we believe that we can help a child or adolescent in your life as well. Call today to schedule an assessment with our staff and let today be the first day of a better life for a youth you know.