Maranda Interviews Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program Staff: How To Help Teens Struggling With Mental Health Issues

Maranda Interviews Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program Staff: How To Help Teens Struggling With Mental Health Issues

On March 10, Maranda welcomed Aren Lord, LMSW to discuss Pine Rest’s Adolescent Partial Hospitalization for teens struggling with mental health on March 10, 2020.

Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and more are a growing concern in students of all ages. Due to this, Pine Rest offers an Adolescent Day Program to help teens cope with mental illnesses by providing intensive daily treatment in a safe and structured environment. Teens ages 13 to 17 come in daily, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, to receive treatment and then go home for the evening, similar to a school schedule. The Adolescent Day Program treats teens for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and so much more. If you’re a parent of a teen, it’s important to watch for the warning signs, as identified by Pine Rest.

The two reviewed warning signs that parents should look out for, including:

  • Withdraws from social activities
  • Seems “down” or experiences severe mood swings for two weeks or longer
  • Exhibits drastic changes in behavior, personality or sleep habits
  • Seems very fearful or takes excessive risks
  • Stops normal eating or tries to lose weight with laxatives or vomiting
  • Extreme difficulty concentrating or sitting still
  • Repeatedly uses alcohol or drugs
  • Harms self and/or threatens/talks about suicide

The two reviewed what parents should do if they notice any of these changes in their child’s behavior, which starts by having a non-judgmental talk with the child. It’s important for kids to know their parents are on their team and support them no matter what. Some of the ways to have a non-judgmental conversation include:

  • Let your teen know you’re trying to understand not “fix”.
  • Focus on listening.
  • Don’t interrogate or criticize.
  • Validate their experience; help them feel safe.
  • Don’t give up too quickly.
  • Frame treatment like a coach or trainer–a place to practice new skills and improve daily life.
  • Treat the whole family.

If the parents don’t see any changes within a few weeks, then it’s suggest reaching out to get further help from a therapist or doctor.

 

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is a sponsor of Maranda Where You Live which airs Monday through Friday on WOOD TV 8 and WOTV 4 Women.

 

 

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