ISSUES ARISING WITH ADOPTED TEENS
There is a common debate as to whether a young person’s genes play a larger role than the way in which he or she was raised (nature versus nurture).
There is no answer as to which affects a child more, nature or nurture, but each undeniably impacts the molding of young person’s persona, to some extent. Unfortunately, for children who have been adopted, regardless of their age, the harm that can be emotionally, mentally, and or physically caused, previous to his or her adoption, can play into his or her development and mental health, as can his or her genes. Clearly, not all adoptees will develop a disorder, but approximately fourteen percent of children who have been adopted do go on to develop a behavioral or mental health disorder.
Signs and Symptoms
There are several signs to be mindful of, if you are an adoptive parent, in regards to possible mental health issues with your child. There is an incredible number mental health disorders, nowadays, which is why it is imperative to seek the guidance from a trained mental health professional if any of the below symptoms are exhibited in your child:
- Extreme weight fluctuation
- Sudden loss of interest in activities
- Physical pains and aches
- Social isolation
- Constant worry or fear
- Panic attacks
- Suicidal ideation
- Difficulty sleeping
- Poor academic performance
With each type of mental or behavioral disorder, comes a different set of signs and symptoms. Above are the most common, general symptoms that may arise in a young person struggling with a mental health disorder. It is important to leave the diagnosis process up to a professional, and allow your child the proper support he or she needs to obtain accurate help and or treatment. Pacific Teen Treatment works with families that have adopted children in the United States, as well as internationally.
At Pacific Teen Treatment, we work hard to develop personalized treatment plans for each of our teenagers. Our staff is trained and well equipped to handle mental health disorders in addition to behavioral disorders, and all that arises in a young person’s life. We focus on each treatment plan by integrating various therapeutic modalities that will help in a young person’s recovery process. At Pacific Teen Treatment, some of the therapy methods we utilize include talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
We also find that teaching a young person how to respect a schedule and follow a structured day to be helpful in his or her recovery process. Integrating regular, daily exercise, coupled with various relaxation methods (yoga and or meditation) in a young person’s treatment plan is essential. Our facility also teaches the importance of nutrition and healthy eating, in addition to proper sleep patterns. The skills a young person learns in treatment will lay the groundwork for a solid foundation to healthy life choices, and will be applicable throughout his or her entire life.
There are many areas that we specialize in and focus on throughout a young person’s mental health treatment. Regardless of the initial reason for beginning treatment, a teen will undoubtedly delve into aspects of his or her life that he or she may not think correlate to the need for treatment. We focus on treating each teenager’s mental health as a whole. Every nuance that plays into his or her detrimental thoughts and behaviors can be helpful to his or her recovery.
Every family in need of mental health treatment must select a program that will best suit the needs of their family. When one member of a family struggles, it impacts everyone in the family unit. In order to maximize the benefits of treatment we work closely with the entire family to ensure that everyone is receiving the support they need through these difficult times.
Seeking help is never easy, but you are not alone! If you or someone you know is in need of mental health treatment, we strongly encourage you to reach out for help as quickly as possible. It is not uncommon for many mental health difficulties to impact a person’s life, long term. Seeking support at the beginning of one’s journey can put the individual in the best position to learn how to manage themselves in a healthy way so they can go on to live happy and fulfilling lives.
We are available to answer any questions you may have regarding mental health treatment and our residential program, anytime. Contact us today using the form to the right.