Treatment – Teen Mental Health
Addressing the need for teen mental health treatment is tough for any family. Every parent wants their children to be healthy, whole, and happy. That’s why the Newport Academy Treatment Team’s approach to teen mental health challenges begins with love, support, and acceptance.
If you are struggling, we understand. We are here to help.
We understand that your teen is a unique individual. He or she is in need of care and comfort. The goal of our clinical and holistic services is to help restore your teen to health. Consequently, teenage mental health treatment is about building a stable, strong foundation. As a result, such a foundation leads to a fulfilling and productive life.
If your child is suffering from teen depression, teen anxiety, a substance use disorder, an eating disorder, self-harm, Internet addiction, or any other teen mental health conditiotn, we know what steps to take.
We have the experience, expertise, and care your teen needs to get well.
Our Experience with Teen Mental Health Disorders
The Newport Academy clinical team has a proven track record. We have helped many teens overcome adolescent mental health disorders. Like you, we also want to see your child thriving. Therefore, he or she will be back on the right track.
We can help you understand what is happening to your child. You need quality information. You need to make the right choices moving forward.
Teen mental health difficulties are scary. They also are complicated as well. This is particularly when you don’t know the answers.
Let us help guide you to a place of understanding. We know you want to take positive action.
Teenage Mental Health Help and Support
The Newport Academy clinical team provides both in-depth knowledge and clear communication. We can offer clarity amid the darkness of a crisis. We can be a light leading to a positive solution.
You need to understand what is happening. You need to know your options. Before making a decision, this is an important first step. After all, your child is the most precious part of your life.
First, know the warning signs in mental health for teens. Do you know what they are? Have you noticed some of them already?
Teen Mental Health Warning Signs
Teenage mental health problems rarely just happen. There are a multitude of warning signs. Therefore, we will offer insight into these red flags. For example, what behavioral shifts imply a teen mental health issue?
As a parent, you should know these warning signs. Being aware of teenage mental health red flags is a positive first step. Such awareness can help you catch a condition. You can stop it before it progresses to a teen mental health disorder.
None of these red flags are absolute indicators of an adolescent mental health condition or disorder. However, they are definite warning signs. They should be heeded and examined.
When it comes to your child, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
- Loss of self-esteem, feeling bad about themselves, depressive
- Sudden decline in academic performance without an obvious cause
- Increase in anger and aggression, emotional instability
- Rise in anxiety and worry, overly nervous, shaking, or restless
- Increased isolation, loss of interest in once-favored social activities
- Shift in amount or tenor of communication, silent or sharing too much
- Not eating enough, missing meals, or eating too much and too often
- Repetitive bouts of extreme crying or laughing for no apparent reason
Indeed, this is far from an exhaustive list. Still, it gives you a sense of what to look out for.
Co-Occurring Disorders and Teen Mental Health
Did you know that many adolescents actually suffer from more than one teenage mental health challenge? Therefore, when a teen has more than one issue, they are referred to by professionals as having co-occurring disorders.
Previously referred to as a dual diagnosis, co-occurring disorders are not rare or extreme. Indeed, they are quite common.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services, “People with mental health disorders are more likely than people without mental health disorders to experience an alcohol or substance use disorder.”
As a result, many teens use alcohol and other substances as a form of self-medication, to ease the pain of teen depression or other mental health challenges.
SAMHSA on Teen Mental Health Treatment Outcomes
Co-occurring disorders can be effectively treated together, and positive outcomes can be attained. In such cases, disorders are best treated simultaneously. SAMHSA illuminates this teen mental health need:
“People with co-occurring disorders are best served through integrated treatment. With integrated treatment, practitioners can address mental and substance use disorders at the same time, often lowering costs and creating better outcomes.”
The teenage mental health support team at Newport Academy agrees with this informed perspective. By combining clinical expertise with holistic strategies, we offer integrated teenage mental health treatment services.
Root Causes and Teen Mental Health
Beyond addressing each teen mental challenge, we look at the root causes. Therefore, by focusing on the root of the issues, we can begin the real healing process. For example, past trauma, recent stresses, and genetic causes are all examined.
Your teen needs to feel safe and secure to delve into root causes. Most of all, Newport Academy believes in removing the stigma in mental health for teens.
Therefore, a child with poor mental health should never be reproached or ostracized because of their condition.
Overcoming Mental Health Stigma Through Acceptance
A child with a teen mental health challenge needs to be loved and supported. Thus, we foster a teen mental health treatment environment free of stigma.
As a direct result, understanding, compassion, and empathy come first at Newport Academy.
We set aside judgment about teenage mental health, societal stigma, and humiliation. Instead, we focus on mental health the same way a physician focuses on a patient’s physical health.
When you think about it, there really is no difference between the two.
Teen Mental Health and Teen Physical Health
The same principles and methods of maintaining physical health also can be applied to mental health for teens. First, we heal the cause of the problem. Next, we establish tools that improve mental health for teens moving forward.
Like physical health, long-term mental health depends on lifestyle. As a result, Newport Academy highlights nutrition and exercise. Therefore, we teach teens how to take care of their body as well as their brain.
The brain controls our impulses and reactions. However, teen brains are still developing and maturing. Here are a few key facts about the teen brain.
- During the teen years, the brain circuitry regulating emotional responses is changing. As a result, underlying patterns and behaviors become greatly heightened and less functional. Most of all, this shift explains the urgency and intensity of teen emotional reactions.
- We know reproductive hormones flood the teen brain and body. In the same way, stress hormones also increase during the teen years. As a consequence, teens suddenly experience stress on a whole new level. More importantly, amplified stress levels greatly affect social behavior.
- Did you know the neural regulation of sleep changes during the teen years? As a result of these changes, teens experience bouts of insomnia. They also sleep too much. Noth are examples of neural regulatory symptoms. Therefore, adequate sleep is crucial to the mental health of teens.
- For teens, an increase in intellectual power combined with a greater need for independence. However, such impulses are not well-regulated. They combine to create a dangerous mix. The planning and discrimination that come with maturity are overwhelmed by impulses and desires. As a result, kids take crazy risks because they’re not thinking clearly about the consequences.
Teen Brain Development and Treatment
According to the same study on the teen brain by the NIMH, teen service providers need to adapt their programs. Given this data, treatment service offerings should reflect the state of the teenage brain:
“Research findings on the brain may serve to help adults understand the importance of creating an environment in which teens can explore and experiment, while helping them avoid behavior that is destructive to themselves and others.”
Newport Academy respects and abides by the above recommendations of the National Institute of Mental Health. In fact, such an approach has been a key factor in our success from day one.
Meeting Your Teen in the Right Place
From Adventure Therapy and yoga to culinary arts and Equine-Assisted Therapy, we allow your teen to explore and experiment. Therefore, we restore their health by building their self-esteem as they learn about their gifts. Indeed , we celebrate the wonderful talents and qualities that they have to offer. Thus, each teen’s personal journey is encouraged and fostered.
We don’t overwhelm teens with expectations and burdens. Indeed, teens come to us hurting and in need. As a result, we love them until they can learn to love themselves. We support and protect them from day one.
As a parent, you can be assured that your child is safe with us. We teach boundaries with compassion.
You Are Not Alone – Changing the Conversation
We foster a loving and supportive atmosphere at Newport Academy. We want both the teens in our care and their parents to know that they are not alone.
Your family deserves to be freed from the negative stigma of mental illness.
Teen mental illness and disorders are diseases that need to be treated. We focus on the positive—how to attain mental health for teens. We focus on what it looks like and how to get there.
With this constructive emphasis on the positive, we remove the stigma associated with the negative.
We replace the hostile stigma mythology with acceptance and inclusion. We can help lead you down this path of acceptance as well.
Remember, you are not alone.
The Prevalence of Teen Mental Health Problems
1. 20 percent of teenagers have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Mental health issues are a common challenge faced by families nationwide. Nobody is immune.
2. 50 percent of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14. Nearly 75 percent of people with anxiety disorders and impulse control disorders develop these problems during adolescence. Mental health disorders hit early in the majority of cases.
3. 20 to 30 percent of teens have one major depressive episode before they reach adulthood. In many cases, such episodes do not recur. One episode of teen depression is quite common. We want to help your child avoid more episodes and stop the progression to teen depressive disorder.
4. 90 percent of children who die by suicide have a mental health condition. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents. We believe that the antidotes to this tragic statistic are proven treatment experience, loving empathy, and professional support.
Challenges in Society
Teen mental health challenges are aggravated by endemic problems in society. From a systemic perspective, most public institutions are not designed to handle teens with poor mental health.
For example, few public schools are equipped to support mental health for teens. Even private schools with greater resources often struggle to address teen mental health needs.
Resistance by young people to treatment is a problem as well. Sometimes those who are suffering resist a solution.
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) clearly outlines the problems faced on a systemic level.
These treatment challenges include the following:
- Among teens with mental health needs, 70 percent receive no care
- 30 percent of adolescents choose to forgo needed mental health care
- 70 percent of youth in juvenile justice systems have an untreated and diagnosable mental health condition
- Out of 213 accredited pediatric residency training programs, only seven offer interdisciplinary training in physical and mental health needs
- Females are 50 percent less likely than males to use mental health services
Newport Academy’s treatment services aim to help fill these gaps. Beyond teen mental health treatment services, we promote prevention and educational efforts locally and nationally.
Tools and Strategies
Parents need tools and strategies to help their child struggling with teen mental health problems. Whether your teen comes to us for treatment or not, we want to help.
Newport Academy passionately believes in every child’s right to live a happy and fulfilled life.
Effective Ways to Help Your Teen
- Make communication a priority. Ask questions and avoid judgments. Listening is essential to building a bridge between you and your child.
- Punishing bad behaviors brought on by teen mental health struggles rarely solves the problem. Love and understanding come first.
- Let your child know that they are not alone. Discuss your own struggles as a kid and the struggles of teens in general.
- Panic never helps. Try to resist blowing small problems out of proportion. Understanding takes balance and moderation. Find the middle path.
- Contact and speak with teachers, coaches, and other adults in your teen’s life. Learn about what is going on from different perspectives.
- Access professional help. Find a teen mental health treatment option that has a proven track record of helping teens in trouble.
Addressing the challenge directly with your teen is the first step toward a solution. The holistic treatment options at Newport Academy are designed to help your child push past resistance and move toward healing.
What if your teen asks the tough question: “Why me?”
As we discussed, teen mental health problems are tough for everyone involved. The societal stigma makes them even harder. Not just for you, but also for your child.
Your child desperately needs your love and support. You are their anchor in the stormy seas created by a mental health problem. In addition, you are their navigator, helping to find a safe port where they can heal.
If your child asks why they have mental health challenges, you can gently let them know: “There are many reasons, and none of them are your fault. It could be in our genes. It could be because of something traumatic that happened long ago. Why this problem exists does not matter as much as how I can help you overcome it. I promise you that you are not alone. There is hope.”
Be the lighthouse for your teen. Illuminate the path out of the confusion that has been paralyzing your child. Lead them to safety. Newport Academy can help you light the way.
“It is our mission to provide the most comprehensive, impactful treatment for teens to sustain long-term recovery. We enable young people to move out of the darkness and into the light, into happy, fulfilling lives.”
—Jamison Monroe, Jr., Newport Academy Founder & CEO
The Newport Academy Treatment Program Can Help
Your teen deserves nothing less than the best treatment available to give them every chance to get better.
Newport Academy has the experience and expertise to help when you are ready.
Individual Therapy (Psychotherapy)
Several different forms of individual and group therapy help foster sustainable healing:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT brings clarity and valuable insight for a teen suffering from mental health challenges. CBT identifies the negative emotions and the self-defeating thoughts that make life more difficult.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): DBT provides specific skills for teen mental health challenges, such as mindfulness and emotional regulation. These skills can be used right away and become stronger over time.
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET): MET helps teens make positive choices. Newport Academy uses MET to help resolve any initial hesitation to engage in treatment that your teen may feel.
- Experiential therapies are particularly powerful for teen mental health conditions across the board. These include art therapy, music therapy, Adventure Therapy, and Equine-Assisted Therapy. These services help teens explore their emotions, building strength through creative expression and by developing supportive relationships.
- Mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation are very effective in combating most teen mental health conditions.
At Newport Academy, we create a personalized mental health treatment plan for each teen that includes a variety of these modalities.
Our goal is to design a treatment program that works for your child and brings forth their strengths and talents as resources for building mental health. We believe that your child can become healthy, happy, and whole once again.
Do We Use Prescription Drugs to Treat Teen Mental Illness?
Prescription medication is often part of the answer to solving the teen mental illness puzzle. Though doctors often prescribe such medications, there are others ways to address teen mental health conditions that are just as successful and have no dangerous side effects.
In some cases, however, drugs can be helpful to stabilize a teen suffering from a teen mental health disorder. Newport Academy uses them in conjunction with psychotherapy and holistic treatment modalities.
Teen mental health disorders may be brought on by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Short-term use of prescription medication can address such an imbalance. The goal is to give your teen respite from the symptoms so they can do the real work of healing.
Our teen mental health treatment team believes that long-term mental health goes beyond any medications. Rather, developing new behaviors and greater self-understanding is what creates long-term stability.
We want to lead your teen to a happy life without the need for medication.
The Positive Atmosphere of Residential Treatment
Residential treatment allows teens to heal without the distractions of everyday life. The welcoming atmosphere at Newport Academy is fostered by love and support. We often hear from our alumni that their time with us changed their life.
Imagine a bright and compassionate community that cares. As a result, your child will be safe from harm’s way. Indeed, your child will no longer face the difficulties and unnecessary stigma of a teen mental health condition alone.
Newport Academy uses evidence-based methods. Thus, we provide the highest-quality care. Our ongoing goal is to foster true long-term recovery.
Kindness and Compassion Will Truly Help
Isn’t it hard sometimes, as a parent, to remain calm and accepting? Indeed, sometimes you feel tired and scared. Therefore, it all becomes too much. We empathize.
At Newport Academy, our staff’s clinical expertise is matched only by their compassion. We believe in and support your teen’s self-worth and self-acceptance. As a consequence, we give them a real chance to heal.
Of course, you want to make sure your child is safe, stable, and secure. As a result, you can trust us to provide the answers and solutions that you’re looking for. Thus, we offer the caring that your teen needs to succeed in treatment.
Teen mental health problems are intimidating and exhausting. But you no longer have to do this alone.
“For so many of us, the real gift is finding a solid community. We share our experience, strength, and hope. And when we need support and camaraderie, we are there for each other. Isn’t this really what it’s all about? As a result of sharing the love, we are stronger, happier, and have a solid foundation for each day.”
—Chelsea Reeves, Director of Alumni Services at Newport Academy
What Makes Our Residential Treatment Program Different
1) Personalized Treatment
Our mission is to offer the most effective personalized treatment available. Therefore, your teen’s individualized treatment program will be multifaceted and diverse. We thus incorporate evidence-based clinical and experiential therapeutic modalities.
We tailor an individualized care plan to meet your teen’s needs, strengths, and challenges. Indeed, everyone is different, and we understand that. As a direct result, our program caters to that understanding. It’s why we are so successful.
Upon admission, your teen will be assigned an eight-person Treatment Team. Subsequently, this team develops a customized program to promote your child’s growth and sustainable healing.
Always in close contact, the Treatment Team includes the following:
- Individual Therapist
- Family Therapist
- Medical Doctor/Pediatrician
- Registered Nurse
- Registered Dietician/Nutritionist
- Recovery Counselor
- Clinical Director (oversees and manages the Treatment Team).
These caring mental health professionals are the best in their respective fields. As a direct result, they are the foundation of our program. Indeed, our mental health care providers are the reason Newport Academy continues to succeed. Therefore, we can excel beyond other residential teen treatment programs.
Take a moment to meet our team.
2) Our Philosophy Is Love
We help teens by providing a safe, accepting, and nurturing environment. Most noteworthy, we pride ourselves on providing unconditional love for every child who comes through our doors. As a a result, this love fosters the groundwork in which deep issues can come to light. Therefore, teens feel safe enough to explore and resolve the underlying issues that lead to mental health challenges.
We care for your teen until they learn to love themselves. As a result, unconditional love is the foundation of our transformative process.
“Newport Academy is built around honesty, integrity, and courageous teamwork. It’s a privilege and honor to work with caring individuals who put their heart and soul into what they do. Newport Academy provides an approach that is experiential, creative, loving, and dynamic. It is an honor to witness adolescents and families change as they get the help they need.”
—Marcie Beasley, MA, LMFT, Newport Academy Clinical Director, West Coast Campus
3) We Achieve Results
A successful outcome for your teen is very important to us. Therefore, helping is our passion and privilege. You are trusting Newport Academy with your child. Consequently, we prize and value that trust. Thus, we will go the extra mile and more to help.
Our program tracks 15 different treatment goals regarding family, academics, and behavior. These goals address the following:
- Anxiety and stress
- Feeling stuck in a cycle of fear
- Teenage depression
- Drug and alcohol use
- Eating disorders
- Suicidal thoughts and self-harm
- School performance
- Family dynamics.
From the beginning, we have achieved an unparalleled success rate. A total of 85 percent of our teens complete the Newport Academy program. Your teen can be healthy again. Your family can be whole again. Helping is our passion.
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get started. We’re here to help make that part easier, 24
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Learn more about Newport Academy’s comprehensive approach to treating teen mental health. Browse our website or call us at 877-959-0904. We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We treat teenagers struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, and substance abuse. To achieve a track record of excellence, Newport Academy has a 4–1 staff-to-client ratio. Experience has shown us that Newport Academy’s treatment programs work. But the most important thing is for you to find the help your child needs. If Newport Academy is not the right fit, then we will help you find a solution that works for you. We want your family and all families to begin the journey to healing and happiness.
Learn More About What We Treat
The life of a teenager can be hard. Therefore, teen depression may be more common than you think. First, physical changes and increasing social pressures equal hard challenges. When you add in the quest for an identity, kids have a lot on their plate. Is it surprising that so many suffer from teen depression?
Teen anxiety is no fun. Stress helps the body prepare for a challenge. The senses are honed, the brain is alert, and the body is ready to spring into action. It’s a useful tool when a threat is imminent. Also, it’s considered a natural, and even a healthy, response by the human brain.
Diagnoses We Treat
Other Teen Disorders
- Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Multiple Personality Disorder
- Delusional Disorder
- Psychotic, Psychosis
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Brief Psychotic Disorder
- Schizoaffective Disorder
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
- Thought Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
- Gender Identity Disorder
- Gender Dysphoria
- Parental Alienation
- Parent-Child Relationship Issues
- Family Relationship Issues
- Anger issues
- Social Anxiety
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Attacks
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Anxiety Attacks