Mental Health

Mental Health

Discussing mental health treatment with your adolescent child is a difficult family topic. It is the desire of every parent that their children be happy and healthy. For this reason, Family First Adolescent Services approaches teen mental health challenges with a combination of trauma informed care, a blend of therapies, and education. We teach families how to be whole – through mutual love, support, and acceptance. We understand the struggle, and are here to help.

The goal of our adolescent mental health program is to restore your child to health, while giving them the tools they will need to successfully navigate life. We understand that every child is unique. Our mental health programs take place in a clinical, stable environment that allows for the building of a strong foundation. This foundation will result in a fulfilling and productive life.

Whether your child suffers from anxiety, depression, a substance use disorder, or a problematic gaming condition, we know how to proceed. We specialize in treating mental health issues in young people, and have the experience and expertise to care for your child.

Mental Health Problems Among Teenagers*

  • 20% of adolescents have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Mental health issues are a common challenge faced by families. You’re not alone.
  • 50% of all mental health disorders are detectable by age 14. Mental health disorders show up early.
  • Nearly 75% of all anxiety disorders, depression, and impulse control disorders were developed during adolescence.
  • 90% of adolescents who commit suicide have a mental health condition. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among teenagers.
  • 20-30% of teens have at least one major depressive episode before reaching adulthood.


Warning Signs of Adolescent Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues don’t exist in a vacuum. There are many warning signs that indicate the presence of a mental health issue, such as depression, anxiety, or a complex trauma disorder. The key is to be able to recognize the difference between a shift in behavior that is normal and healthy for a teenager, and a mental health disorder that needs to be addressed.

It is beneficial for parents to be aware of some of the warning signs. In the event that your child needs treatment for a mental health disorder, early detection is best. Disorders of this kind can get worse without treatment. Here are some of the red flags to be aware of:


Red Flags for Mental Health Disorders

It is important to know that these red flags are not absolute. Only a qualified mental health professional can properly diagnose mental health issues. But many of these are warning signs that should be on your radar. If you suspect the existence of a mental health disorder, you’ll want to contact someone with the appropriate qualifications right away. When it comes to your child, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

  • Loss of self-esteem, poor self-image, depressive
  • Decline in academic performance
  • Emotional instability
  • Anxiety and restlessness
  • Isolation
  • Irregular eating habits
  • Extreme emotions

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. But each one of these behaviors can signal the development of an unstable state of mental health for your teenager. Awareness is key. Contact a mental health professional for a qualified diagnosis if you suspect your adolescent child needs treatment.

Residential Treatment Program for Mental Health

The Family First Adolescent Services clinical model is organized around treating developmental trauma. We do this through a combination of individual, group, and family therapies – as well as through the adoption of the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM). We prioritize education and skill development so that your child doesn’t fall behind while in treatment.


Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Experiential therapies
  • NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM)

Our goal is to eradicate mental health issues in adolescents so they are free to live fulfilling lives. A key step in treating mental health issues is in teaching teens the tools to live gracefully with their condition. We understand that the health and happiness of  your child is top priority. We aim to restore the harmony between adolescents and their families. This allows the entire family to heal and move forward into lasting recovery.

Our adolescent mental health treatment program addresses:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Education and school performance
  • Family dynamics
  • Healing complex trauma

Healing Complex Trauma with NARM

The clinical model at Family First Adolescent Services prioritizes the treatment of complex traumas. Trauma is often at the root of mental health disorders and addictions. While there is plenty of benefit to treat the symptoms of an affliction, it’s far more productive to treat the source of the problem. We use the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) in order to discover and treat complex trauma.

Most traditional models of psychology are regressive. They focus on the past by bringing awareness to the client’s disorganized and dysfunctional characteristics. The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is non-regressive and focuses on the present parts of self that are organized, functional, and coherent. The ultimate aim of our NARM therapy is to improve your child’s emotional self-regulation while strengthening interpersonal connections.


Behavioral Disorders

Behavioral disorders are among the most common reasons that parents take their teenagers to a professional for a mental health assessment and/or treatment. Disorders of this sort can negatively affect a child’s ability to perform in school or maintain healthy family and social relationships.


Co-Occurring Disorders

It is possible to suffer from multiple mental health disorders simultaneously. This is clinically referred to as co-occurring disorders. Formerly referred to as a dual diagnosis, co-occurring disorders are not rare or extreme. They are actually quite common.

It is also common for those with a mental health disorder to be more susceptible to a substance use disorder. Because of this fact, many adolescents use drugs or alcohol as a form of self-medication. On the surface, it appears to ease the symptoms of depression or anxiety. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. On the contrary, it allows the challenges of mental health conditions to spiral out of control.

For this reason, Family First Adolescent Services offers integrated programs that address the challenges of both mental health disorders and substance use disorders. This expedites the healing process, allowing for holistic healing that begins at the root of the problem.


Treatment for Adolescent Mental Health Disorders

Our clinical staff comes from a diverse range of backgrounds – each having a wealth of training and experience in their particular field. We promise to give your child the understanding, support, and care they deserve. By incorporating a blend of motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and family systems therapy, we ensure that our clients receive the most comprehensive and relevant treatment available.

It is our goal to transform lives. We want every person who passes through the doors at Family First Adolescent Services to learn the required tools to be the best version of themselves. We want to help your child live a life of meaning and fulfillment. A life free of the difficulties of an untreated mental health disorder. Contact us today to learn about how we can best help restore your teen to his or her true self!

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