Treating Anxiety Disorder in Boys
Promise Village Can Treat Your Son with Anxiety Disorder
We can help your son in his battle with Anxiety Disorder, which is sometimes called Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This is a protracted condition marked by a severe and incapacitating level of fear, which may be marked by panic attacks; specific phobias (fears) triggered by certain things or situations, and may include social anxiety disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It can be simply mental and emotional, or include physical symptoms (i.e.: difficulty sleeping, profuse sweating, rapid pulse). Full-blown attacks can feel paralyzing to those who are suffering.
Typically, a diagnosis requires that the anxiety last a minimum of six months.
For Your Son with Anxiety Disorder
Diagnosis and treatment for Anxiety Disorder early on is key, so that the anxiety does not escalate to the point of clinical depression, perhaps leading to self-medicating with drugs, alcohol or other harmful behaviors.
Your boy’s treatment approach might include a combination of therapies (in addition to the other unique ones we practice at Promise Village). Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the more effective for high-level anxiety. That therapeutic approach is focused on recognizing thought patterns that can lead to anxiety, and then blocking negative behaviors by teaching him new responses to those triggering events.
Your son might also benefit from medication to help in dealing with anxiety, although others find the side effects too difficult to handle.
As parents, you may find it hard to grasp the underlying causes that trigger such responses but with early diagnosis and professional help, Anxiety Disorder is generally treated with fairly high rates of success.
Promise Village treats teenagers who are struggling with anger, substance abuse, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), self-harm, or rebellion. Helping parents and their teens who are dealing with behavioral/emotional struggles is the very reason for our existence.
Cultivating your Son’s Potential and Strengths
Promise Village is a non-denominational, highly therapeutic, residential facility for struggling boys, using an eclectic treatment approach with a Relation-based model of care (the basis of which is that relationships are the top predictor of positive treatment outcomes). We offer a clinically sophisticated program of the highest quality in a positive home-like environment, in which our boys can develop confidence, respect, self-esteem, reliability and self-control.
We create a Master Treatment Plan for which we tailor goals in treating his Anxiety Disorder, identify core issues, help your son heal from past struggles and learn healthy coping skills, eliminate thinking errors, reconcile discord and develop a new attitude toward life.
Our treatment program is comprised of a multi-modal approach; Frequent group (along with individual and family) therapy is invaluable due to the tremendous attention boys this age place on being accepted by their peer group, and in which they hammer out issues of respect, value, frustration, disagreement, leading to resolution and emotion management in a productive and safe environment.
Animal-assisted therapy teaches social skills and responsibility, and the kids learn first to trust animals, and eventually, humans. Recreational therapy is meant to be fun, but with teachable moments, where teamwork, creativity and problem-solving skills are honed. At all times are the boys closely supervised by Therapists and Life Coaches, who motivate and model a positive lifestyle, facilitate enrichment opportunities and develop nurturing and trusting relationships. Psychiatric Evaluations allow for constant monitoring, as we strive to reduce/eliminate his need for medications as your boy grows in ability to self-regulate and resolve his core issues.
Schooling takes place at The Academy, to further his academic advancement, where he’ll begin planning for his new life and start to comprehend the value of school learning to achieve those goals.
In spite of everything you’ve tried, and all the heartbreak, fear and discouragement you’ve experienced, when we look at your child we will see his possibilities, and not his problems. We will help him overcome his challenges, discover his strengths and focus on his PROMISES yet to be fulfilled, knowing that long after he leaves our care, his future can be a bright one.
Please contact us at 1-877-A PROMISE for further information.