As our knowledge and understanding of adolescent mental health care continues to rapidly grow, the possibilities within mental health care treatment continue to evolve and expand, as well. Perhaps the most notable aspect of shifted perspectives when it comes to Adolescent Treatment is that we no longer look at mental health care as being only of the mind. Instead, science is continually leading us to more and more connections between the mind, body, and emotions, in a sense demanding that we adjust and approach treatment this way as well. Accordingly, if our goal is to provide the best possible research-based teen treatment, then a teen’s mental health, physical health, and emotional health can no longer be divided in such stark ways, because the lines of division are simply too blurry. A teen’s growth spurt may be closely associated with surges and/or imbalances of hormones, some of which might also be related to symptoms of disorders such as Anxiety and Depression. A teen’s symptoms of Depression, ADHD, and/or Autism can be profoundly affected by the teen’s diet, exercise, and growth hormones. There is a never-ending cause-and-effect question regarding the correlation between Mental Health and Substance Abuse Conditions, and trying to discover which one arose first. And a teen’s onset of Depression and Self-Harm Disorder could be the result of an extremely emotionally traumatizing event, such as a the loss of a loved one, or the result of severe chronic stress, such as being bullied at school. At the same time, some of the most interesting science in the field is revealing that meditation practices can have a profound effect on neurological activity, which in turn can be used to affect and/or alter brain chemistry, related to Mental Illnesses. Discoveries like these are being made all the time.
Though the seemingly endless connections can be somewhat daunting, the treatment options that have been developed in response to this scientific progress is exciting, indeed. While the foundation of most Adolescent Treatment tends to still be found in more traditional talk-based therapy sessions, there are also a great number of Alternative Therapy modalities that can be implemented in very powerful supplementary ways. Some of the most common Alternative Therapies include things such as:
- Somatic Experiencing
- Acupuncture Therapy
- Meditation Therapy
What these Alternative Therapies all have in common is their approach to addressing the symptoms and experiences of teens on the mental, physical, and emotional levels, all at once.
At Paradigm, the foundation of our treatment approach is in designing the most thorough, holistic treatment plans we can that take every possible connection into consideration. In order to design treatment plans that are unique and tailored to the individual teen, we implement and incorporate aspects of all different treatment approaches, including both Traditional and Alternative Therapies. The way we see it is simple: if a modality has been proven to be helpful, we are open to considering it; if we believe it will be useful for the particular teen’s success, then we are open to incorporating it. This means that we are well equipped with treatment options to draw upon, in designing the most cutting-edge, proven, and precise treatment plan possible, in order to help the teen have the absolute best chance possible of healing and recovering, at Paradigm.