Troubled Teenagers

For young adults, being a teen is tough work. You’re not a little kid anymore, but not quite an adult either. Troubled teens are defined as a teenager who is afflicted with some sort of serious illness, whether it is physical or mental.

Some children develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorders, as well as drug and alcohol abuse issues. Other common teen disorders include bi-polar disorder, depression, anorexia, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Teens often times struggle with eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. Anorexic teens engage in overly excessive dieting, while bulimic teens eat huge meals before purging them from the body in a variety of ways. Teens also struggle with binge eating, the overconsumption of food, without the purging of bulimia. Young adults who struggle with eating disorders also struggle with a warped sense of body image, thinking that what they look like is never good enough.

Some parents will have to work with their child who has oppositional defiant disorder, a disorder that makes children more apt to throw temper tantrums, thrives on conflict and manipulative. Children who have ODD can thrive in a negative environment, with the goal of winning battles against authority figures. Parents can help their child with ODD by learning proper anger management techniques, which will reduce the frequency and severity of breakdowns.

Parents of children that have ODD should address any relationship issues to avoid being contradictory. Parents need to understand what is going on in during an argument, try to de-escalate the issue and then strategize to peacefully and calmly find a suitable solution. There is no need to blow a trivial argument completely out of proportion, which will only exacerbate the ODD. It is especially important to make sure that the ODD affected child understands that the parents control and exercise the power in all situations, regardless of whatever they say or may think.

For any physical or mental disorder that your troubled teen might face, there are numerous ways to treat and limit whatever the problem is. There are numerous alternative high schools, military-style programs and outdoor wilderness camps to consider for your troubled teen.

Turning Winds Academic Institute offers an innovative residential treatment program that will attempt to help the individual with their deficiencies. A fully accredited institute by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and the National Independent Private Schools Association, TWAI has a first-class experienced clinical team that leads one-on-one and group therapy sessions, while touting a diverse collection of teachers. Plenty of personal attention will be given to each teen, to ensure proper progress.