Adolescence is often a time of upheaval and uncertainty, presenting unique stressors and pressures. We encounter many of our most difficult decisions in our adolescent years. It is important to understand the abilities as well as the vulnerabilities of teens and the significance of this developmental stage for life-long mental health.
For many, behavioral health issues emerge during adolescence and young adulthood, with symptoms often surfacing around this time. With so much change taking place during this stage, parents must be equipped with the knowledge and tools to help their kids effectively navigate the ups and downs of adolescence. Because normal behaviors vary from one childhood stage to another, parents and caregivers need help determining the difference between a temporary phase and an adolescent suffering from depression, anxiety or other behavioral disorders that require treatment.
Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital provides specialized acute psychiatric care for adolescents 13 through 17 years old in a caring, nurturing environment. Our Adolescent Treatment Program focuses on the individual needs of each patient while offering families the coping skills to regroup and set the stage for positive mental health habits going forward. The multi-disciplinary staff at Bakersfield Behavioral emphasizes a family-oriented, strength-focused approach where parents and caregivers are encouraged to be active participants in the treatment team throughout the adolescent’s stay.
Our expert mental health professionals provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment of adolescents with a variety of emotional and behavioral issues including depression, suicide attempts, self-harming behaviors, anxiety disorders, other mood disorders, psychotic disorders, disruptive behavior, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). Treatment plans typically include a combination of psychotherapy, behavior management, crisis stabilization, family counseling and medications. In addition, the Adolescent Program includes a developmental history along with physical evaluations and pediatric consults. Early intervention and effective treatment, especially if it begins soon after symptoms appear, can help reduce the impact on an adolescent’s life as well as decrease future problems in adulthood. Adolescence is complex by itself, and when behavioral health issues emerge, deliberate and sensitive support is needed. Our Adolescent Treatment Program can help teens and their families become more resilient in the face of stress and other difficult circumstances.