When a child or adolescent’s behavior and overall emotional well-being are disturbed in a significant manner, they are believed to be afflicted by a behavioral health disorder. Struggling with a behavioral health disorder can cause tremendous upheaval in the lives of these children, causing detrimental effects in their present lives, as well on their futures. When left untreated, behavioral health disorders can lead to problems at school, at home, and in a child or adolescent’s social life.
Behavioral health disorders can cause children and adolescents to impulsively act out in negative behaviors at school, leading to suspension or expulsion. Additionally, these children and adolescents may repeatedly ditch school, leading to the severe ramifications that accompany truancy problems. They may also fall behind academically because they are unable to concentrate on the tasks they are required to do, resulting in decreased feelings of self-worth. Such academic failures can ultimately affect them in the long-term by negatively impacting their abilities to get into college or to find and maintain steady employment.
At home, the presence of behavioral health disorders can lead to much conflict with siblings and parents, resulting in severe familial discord. Parents or caregivers can easily become frustrated with children who are struggling with these disorders and feel at a loss as to what they can do to help them.
Children and adolescents with behavioral health disorders also struggle to develop and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. The aggression and impulsivity that are symptomatic of these disorders can result in frequent temper tantrums, as well as in both physical and verbal aggressive outbursts. It is not uncommon for children and adolescents with behavioral health disorders to get into physical fights with peers and become perpetrators of chronic bullying. Sadly, when left unaddressed, the presence of such behaviors can result in the future onset of more severe, even criminal, behaviors as well.
At Resource Treatment Center, we offer specific programming designed to meet the needs of children and adolescents who are suffering from behavioral health disorders. By focusing on treating the whole child, and not just his or her symptoms, the caring and compassionate staff at Resource is able to provide therapeutic interventions that teach these children how to control their impulses, while also helping them to develop the coping skills needed to enhance their overall quality of life. Such treatment can also result in the heightening of these children’s self-esteem, preventing the onset of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
At Resource Treatment Center, we provide comprehensive, thorough treatment programming for the following behavioral health disorders:
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Conduct disorder
- Impulse control disorder
- Intermittent explosive disorder (IED)
- Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
- Reactive attachment disorder (RAD)
If your child is suffering from the devastating effects of behavioral health disorders, the staff at Resource Treatment Center is here to help.