Adolescents are under a lot of pressure at school and in their social lives. Also, they are undergoing intense physiological changes that make them susceptible to stress. Stress is a known trigger for mood disorders and other mental health conditions. Teens who undergo a traumatic event, or experience significant stress in their lives are at high risk of developing a mood disorder. Problems such as divorce, the death of a loved one, financial issues, or housing insecurity can worsen feelings of stress and tension, and trigger depression or another mood disorder in vulnerable teens.
The Adolescent Program differentiates itself by inviting families to join in the treatment and recovery process. Through family therapy sessions, parent support groups, and multi-family group, we change the family system to improve communication, boundaries, personal responsibility for behavior, and the processing of family wounds. Whole-family therapy teaches everyone the roles they play in maintaining the problem, how to support one another, and that they can emerge from treatment stronger than they were before.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.