Treating Bipolar Disorder in Teenage Boys
Promise Village can treat your boy as he struggles with Bipolar Disorder, a condition characterized by periods of unusually high mood and energy followed by abnormally low ones. His mood swings back and forth between thoughts of euphoria and despair, tending towards the extremes, as compared to the customary “ups and downs” which most people experience in life.
While he may experience normal phases sandwiched between, the elevated phase (clinically referred to as “manic”), could find him easily distracted, with racing thoughts, inappropriately high self-regard, too much talking and too little need for sleep, bad judgment and temper control, and engaging in uncontrolled behavior (i.e.: sexual activity, overindulgent drinking/eating/drug use).
His “depressive” (clinically low) episodes might be distinguished with anxiety, regret, isolation, irritation, despondency, lack of energy, excessive/disturbed sleep, loss of interest in once-enjoyable activities or friends, suicidal thoughts or actions.
Family history and brain chemistry are considered factors, but causes for BPD are not clearly accepted; acknowledged factors might include a blood relative with BPD, drug or alcohol abuse, an undue amount of high stress.
A Sophisticated Clinical Program For Your Son with Bipolar Disorder
It is essential for your son to receive a correct diagnosis, particularly because of the self-threatening nature of many of the behaviors linked to Bipolar Disorder; in some cases, commitment (either voluntary or compulsory) will be appropriate, in order to allow treatment to proceed. Early treatment is critical (i.e.: not confusing his symptoms with chronic depression) especially as there is a high suicide rate among teens with Bipolar Disorder.
There are indeed medications that can help control his BPD symptoms, which should be taken along with therapy from a qualified individual. Both will absolutely be necessary for his lifetime; it can be illusory to feel that symptoms are no longer manifest, causing one to think that his problems may have vanished and he’s been cured.
Helping children with relational conflict, and behavioral/emotional struggles is the very reason for our existence.
Promise Village…We See Your Son’s Promise and Possibility, Not Problem
A non-denominational, therapeutically intensive residential facility for troubled boys; Promise Village uses an eclectic approach to treatment and a Relationship-based concept, which lets them know that we are there to help in any way possible as they work through their issues. A nurturing clinical atmosphere helps foster the development of trust, responsibility, self-worth, and self-discipline in the lives of our residents.
We’ll identify core issues, and customize your son’s Treatment Plan with which we’ll help him heal from struggles with Bipolar Disorder, develop new ways and skills to think and conduct himself. Individual, group, recreational, and animal therapies integrate multiple treatment modalities; group sessions are key because of the overwhelming attention boys his age give while trying to conform to group norms and it’s here he’ll resolve issues of value, anger, peer pressure and conflict, with support and feedback, in a controlled and safe environment.
Animal-assisted therapy teaches life skills and responsibility as he cares for the animals, showing them compassion, respect and patience. Recreational Therapy is meant to be fun, filled with teachable moments in which teamwork, creativity and critical thinking are honed. In all aspects of Promise Village life, your son will be closely supervised by skilled Therapists and Life Coaches, who will model, motivate, and mentor him throughout each day. Our ongoing Psychiatric Evaluations provide for constant monitoring (of his medications), as core issues are resolved.
The Academy enable’s him to conquer new academic challenges and further his educational progress, when he’ll start to set new life goals and observe the importance of schooling to attain them. Success builds on success.
You’ve faced disappointment, fear and discouragement while watching your son’s self-destructive behavior. Promise Village sees possibilities not problems, and will help him overcome his challenges, discover his strengths and develop a positive and healthy perspective on life that will serve him long after he leaves our care.
Please contact us at 1-877-A PROMISE for further information.