Mental Health Disorders
Nearly everyone has had their life touched by mental health disorders, whether through a friend or family member or from within themselves. Three of the more common mental health disorders that are diagnosed are depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. These three are often present alongside each other, though this is not always the case. At Center for Discovery, we specialize in adolescent mental health disorders and we understand how difficult it is to struggle alone and how important it is to get help for your loved one that is hurting. We can also help if your teen or adolescent is dealing with academic or legal issues relating to their mental health disorder. We focus treatment on healing and on improving the long term self-sufficiency of our residents to help them live a good and full life.
Feeling down occasionally happens to us all. When that feeling interferes with your ability to function normally, or as you usually do function, it may be time to find out more information about depression. Depression can be crippling and can turn an adolescent or teen who is usually a bright, happy person into a recluse who has a hard time getting out of bed or off the couch. While sadness and pain are a normal part of life, depression feels unmanageable. Your teen may no longer understand why they are not able to do the things they normally did or why they are no longer interested in activities they previously enjoyed. Often, teens and adolescents suffering with depression hardly feel sad, instead feeling numb and disconnected from themselves and their emotions. This feeling of numbness or disconnection can make it much harder for your teen to feel like they care to change. Untreated depression can have very serious consequences and many times an adolescent dealing with depression will have a hard time seeing the signs in themselves.
Anxiety can occur by itself or alongside depression. Anxiety is a normal part of life and we have all gone through phases of anxiety. In some cases, anxiety can become extreme and while the teen may not realize the anxiety is extreme they may have trouble controlling it. This type of anxiety can negatively affect the day to day life of the teen. Teens and adolescents who suffer from anxiety disorders experience fear, shyness, and nervousness and will begin to avoid certain places and activities. With treatment and support, your adolescent can learn to successfully and appropriately manage the symptoms of an anxiety disorder.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a disorder that causes unusual mood shifts, energy shifts, changes in activity level and the ability to carry out daily tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder can be severe and are different from the normal highs and lows that we experience from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can negatively affect relationships and job and school performance. Bipolar disorder often develops in the late teens and can be difficult to see when it begins. Initially, symptoms may seem separate from each other. Teens and adolescents with bipolar disorder can, with treatment, lead full and productive lives.
Teens may deliberately injure or harm themselves by cutting, scratching, head-banging, hitting, picking at skin, pulling hair, biting, burning, or branding. Also called self-injury, self-mutilation or cutting, self-harm is any intentional harm that a teen or adolescent causes to their own body, often as a coping mechanism to deal with stress and feelings that seem overwhelming. Many teens and adolescents who self-harm never learned a better, less extreme way of dealing with stress. Signs of self-harm in teens include wearing long sleeves and pants in warmer weather, low self-esteem, difficulty dealing with feelings, and the appearance of sharp objects such as razors.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Oppositional defiant disorder is a pattern of defiant, disobedient and hostile behavior towards parents and other authority figures. The defiant behavior often disrupts normal daily activities including at home and at school. Many teens and adolescents with oppositional defiant disorder also have other problems including ADHD, depression and anxiety disorder.