ADHD is a common behavioral disorder that affects about 10% of school-age teens. Boys are about three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with it, though it’s not yet understood why. Teens with ADHD act without thinking, are hyperactive, and have trouble focusing. They may understand what’s expected of them but have trouble following through because they can’t sit still, pay attention, or focus on details. The onset of adolescent issues – peer pressure and low self-esteem – are harder for the teen with ADHD to handle.
All youth experience short-lived fears or anxiety at times, but teens with Anxiety Disorder experience extreme, unrealistic worry that interferes with their daily lives. Typical signs of this disorder are excessive worrying about ordinary activities, such as attending school, forming friendships, separating from parents, or taking tests. Teens with Anxiety Disorder are overly tense, self-conscious, and may require a lot of reassurance. They may complain of frequent stomach aches, headaches, and experience sweating, trembling, and palpitations.
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a child to feel sad or irritable for a long period of time. A teen who is depressed may not enjoy school, friendships, involvement in activities, and may have low energy and other symptoms. Depression can last for a long time and may come in cycles of feeling down and feeling normal.
Developmental Disability is a term used to describe, life-long disabilities attributed to mental and/or physical impairments that developed prior to the age of 22. Difficulties in being able to independently care for oneself, learning, mobility, and language are common. Development disabilities affect between 1 and 2% of the population.
Prevention is key in helping youth build the skills and resiliency needed to avoid emotional disorders. Teens impacted by parents with a mental illness, parents with a substance use disorder, or teens that are victims of abuse or neglect have a significant higher chance of emotional disorders in the future. Preventative services are available in the school setting, as well as at Pines.
A variety of support services are available to meet the unique needs of each individual teenager and their family. For the teen with severe emotional concerns, intensive Home Based services are available to preserve the family unit, as well as Wraparound Coordination to assist teens involved in multiple agencies. Case Management is available to help the family access needed resources and Respite is available to provide the family/care giver a break.
Teens that are experimenting with substance use, usually begin with those that are cheap, easily accessible, and doesn’t seem dangerous. This often includes alcohol and marijuana. These to substances are often referred to as “gateway” drugs leading to more serious substances and consequences. Signs of use include a change in behavior or appearance, change in friends, and skipping or missing class.
Pines offers many behavioral health services and supports for teens. Our goal is for a healthy teenager and family system. Our focus is on providing the amount and intensity of services necessary to help the teen and family achieve success and keep the family intact.
The Primary Services Are:
- Psychiatric Services
- Individual or Play Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Case Management
- Intensive Home Based Services
- Children’s Waiver Services
- Services for Autism
- Teen Substance Use Services
- Prevention Services
Our goal is for a healthy teenager and family system. Our focus is on providing the amount and intensity of services necessary to help the teen and family achieve success and avoid out of home placement if possible.