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It has been noted, that one teen out of every five teenagers has a diagnosable mental health disorder, in the United States.

Many young people go through a plethora of physical, social, and behavioral changes throughout one’s adolescence. It can, therefore, be somewhat challenging to detect a mental illness in a young person. Additionally, there are a number of different types of mental health disorders that can affect a teenager. The signs and symptoms will vary depending on the specific type of mental health disorder as well as each individual teenager, but below are some examples to look out for:

Lowered energy levels, Changes in eating habits, Difficulty sleeping or insomnia, Social withdrawal, Irritability, Anger, Sudden loss of interest in hobbies, Agitation, Social isolation, Significant mood swings

It is important to note that not all teens that exhibit one or more of the above examples will have a mental health disorder. Any and all mental health disorders must be diagnosed by a proper mental health professional. If you are concerned about a teen that does portray some combination of the above examples, it may behoove you to seek further guidance from a mental health professional. There are a variety of treatment options available for teens that have mental health disorders. Some of the therapeutic modalities that we offer at Pacific Teen Treatment include psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).


In its early stages of use, CBT was primarily used for teens who struggled with eating disorders.

Currently, its use has been expanded and is now considered to be an effective therapeutic modality for young people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger problems, depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and more. Cognitive behavioral therapy works by addressing one’s thoughts. CBT is based off of the idea that one’s thoughts govern one’s feelings, which in turn affects one’s behaviors. Through short-term goals, cognitive behavioral therapy will help a young person shift his or her thoughts to change his or her feelings, resulting in healthier patterns of behavior. CBT is typically done one on one and or in a group setting.


DBT is a type of therapy that was initially created to help treat people with borderline personality disorder.

It was developed by a psychology researcher, named Marsha Linehan, in the late 1980s. Dialectical behavior therapy places great emphasis on teaching a young person to learn and practice skills related to mindfulness. Furthermore, through DBT a teen will have the opportunity to practice using mindfulness techniques to help regulate his or her emotions, learn to better tolerate stress, and learn to live in the present moment. At Pacific Teen Treatment, we will always create a tailored treatment program utilizing the most relevant therapeutic modalities to treat each of our individual residents.


Interpersonal Therapy, also known as IPT, is a therapeutic modality that mainly focuses on interpersonal issues.

Interpersonal therapy was developed in the 1970s. IPT is a therapeutic modality that is most often used with teenagers who suffer from anxiety disorders, eating disorders, depression, as well as other psychiatric disorders. Interpersonal therapy focuses on how a young person’s communications and interactions with other people affect his or her own mental health. Through interpersonal therapy an adolescent will learn to resolve and adjust unhealthy interpersonal problems, resulting in a symptomatic recovery.

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