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Four Ways to Address Trauma In Teens

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When a traumatic event occurs, it may seem like helping your teen work through the trauma is the most challenging thing you’ve ever done. No one wants to see their child suffer, especially after your teen has experienced something absolutely horrifying like assault or a car accident. Parents seeking ways to help their child cope with trauma in teens should consider the following advice for addressing their child’s trauma.

Addressing Trauma In Teens

  1. Believe your child. It’s important that your teen knows you’re on their side in the situation. Instead of denying that their trauma happened in the first place, always accept what your child says happened. Even if it ends up not being true later, it’s much better for your child’s overall mental health if they believe you trust them.
  2. Don’t personalize your guilt. You may feel guilty for your child’s trauma. Don’t let them know that. It’s important to deal with your own feelings over the traumatic event separately from your child. They will feel even worse if they know what you’re going through because of their trauma.
  3. Understand the symptoms. Trauma in teens may look different from the trauma symptoms you’ve heard about in adults. Teens may be withdrawn and isolate themselves from friends and family. They may be experiencing flashbacks and nightmares related to the traumatic event. If your teen is experiencing any symptoms of trauma, it’s important to take action as soon as possible against these symptoms.
  4. Get professional help. It’s important for your teen’s overall well being to seek help as soon as you know that the effects of the traumatic event are making life difficult for your teen. Consider your therapeutic options and find the best fit for your child.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18, can help your daughter work through trauma in teens.

For more information about Solstice East, please call (855) 672-7058 today!

 

Sleep Issues and Childhood Trauma Linked to Cause of Depression

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In a report by ScienceDaily, the University of Eastern Finland discovered that childhood trauma and disturbed sleep cycles mess up immune system regulation. Depression, childhood trauma, and sleep interruptions are all associated with an increase in physical issues and fluctuations in how the immune system functions. The study mainly focused on the way Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) works and the mechanisms within it that have to do with immune system regulation.

What do immune system changes have to do with depression?

According to the study, changes in the regulation of the immune system are thought to be a large piece in mediating the diseases linked to MDD and the comorbid disorders that develop along with MDD. Childhood trauma and sleep cycle disturbances both cause certain chemicals in the body to elevate or decrease, causing issues with immune system regulation, which in turn plays a large role in an individual’s well-being and likeliness to develop issues associated with MDD.

Childhood trauma a factor in developing depression

Childhood trauma, especially if unknown to the parent or left untreated, can lead to depression. Studies have shown that those who experienced a childhood trauma have a much higher risk of developing depression later in life.

From Mayo Clinic, other factors which increase your teen’s chances of developing or triggering include:

  • Issues which lower self-esteem (obesity, bullying, academic struggles, peer issues, etc.)
  • Witnessing or being the victim of violence (physical or sexual abuse)
  • Having a current condition (bipolar disorder, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, etc.)
  • Dealing with a learning disability and/or ADHD
  • Experiencing frequent pain or suffering from a chronic physical illness (cancer, diabetes, asthma, etc.)
  • Substance abuse
  • Being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender within an environment which is not supportive
  • Family history of issues with depression

If you believe your daughter is struggling with issues associated with a childhood trauma, it’s imperative to seek out a professional for guidance on how to help your daughter move forward.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, and other emotional or behavioral problems. We strive to help our girls develop healthy habits for teens and lead themselves back onto a path of success and happiness.

For more information about how Solstice East treats issues associated with childhood trauma, please call 828-484-9946.

After the Orlando Shooting: Animals Can Help Ease Teen Trauma

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The New York Times recently wrote an article reporting on the surprising helpers brought in to help comfort those experiencing trauma or stress after the Orlando Shooting: therapy dogs. The K-9 Comfort Dogs team brought 12 golden retrievers to Orlando.

This is just one example of how therapy animals have helped relieve stress and deal with traumatic events. Recently, popularity for using therapy animals for teen trauma has increased; now, comfort dogs are often brought onto college campuses–even some high schools–during exams in order to help students de-stress.

Judgement-free and ‘unconditional love’ help teen trauma victims

“Dogs show unconditional love.” –Tim Hetzner, President of Charity which runs K-9 Comfort Dog unit

Dogs–and therapy animals in general–offer a unique relationship that is hard to find in peers and adults. The relationship provides a strong bond which is judgement-free and uncomplicated. Animals also have a way of offering up unconditional love with no questions asked, something many teen trauma victims desperately need. Studies have shown that animal therapy has the ability to improve teen trauma symptoms, especially in those who experienced childhood abuse. Also, it’s easy to see the effects of one’s actions when dealing with a therapy animal, which helps teens understand natural consequences and boundaries more clearly. It’s a way for a teen trauma victim to learn to build a positive relationship in a safe, healthy, and simple way.

Many types of animal therapies exist

Animal therapy isn’t isolated to just comfort dogs, it can be with cats, horses, rabbits, and more. Though therapy animals aren’t necessarily considered “service animals,” they can be pivotal in a teen trauma victim’s progress and success. Therapy dogs and horses are some of the most common animals used for animal therapy. The act of caring for these animals develops responsibility, relationship-building skills, respect, boundaries, and more.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with depression, anxiety, teen trauma, and other emotional or behavioral problems. We strive to help our girls develop healthy habits for teens and lead themselves back onto a path of success and happiness.

For more information about how Solstice East treats teen trauma, please call 828-484-9946.

Give Her Some Space: Teen Grief & Loss

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Teen grief and loss is a different kind of beast than adult grief and loss. Usually, once you hit your mid-twenties, you’ve lost at least one important person in your life or experienced something at least mildly traumatic. Whether you knew how to deal with it in the moment is a different story, though. You’d be surprised by the amount of people–adults–that don’t know how to deal with grief and loss in a healthy, productive way. Teaching your daughter how to effectively deal with grief early on will help her down the road when she’s inevitably faced with it–and it may help you, too.

Dealing with teen grief and loss in a healthy way

Giving your daughter the means to take teen grief–whether it’s extreme, like a family member passing, or it’s milder, like a best friend betraying them–and cope with it is an important skill that will be useful throughout life. As a society, many of us face grief and don’t know how to handle it, we push it down, ignore it, hoping it’ll leave us–this is denial and not a healthy way to work through it. 

In an article by Psychology Today, Sandy Rosen’s book, Bare: The Misplaced Art of Grieving and Dancing, is discussed. Rosen has experienced a fair amount of gut-wrenching grief in her time, so she decided to put onto paper how she believes others can deal with it in a healthy way. She explains that the common practice of throwing yourself into work or college or continuing on a fast-paced schedule of ignoring what happened doesn’t actually help you move past the grief–it prolongs it. She gives the advice to take a moment to do these things when experiencing grief:

  • Listen. Don’t ignore your emotions–if you need to cry, that’s fine; if you need to sob, that’s fine; if you need to talk to someone, that’s fine. The important thing is to listen to what your body and feelings are trying to tell you.
  • Breathe. Deep breaths help trigger the parasympathetic nervous system, helping you calm yourself down when things get tough.
  • Rest. Constantly working or moving won’t allow you time to let things sink in–that’s why many people do it. But that’s not healthy. You need time to recover, to take a moment for yourself in a place that requires no demands of you.
  • Eat. Many people experiencing grief avoid food, but you need it. Eat healthy food, it helps your body stay healthy, keeps away sickness, and overall helps you feel better.
  • Be Aware. When dealing with teen grief, don’t just float through the days; take a moment to be mindful of what’s happening currently to you and others around you.
  • Cry. There’s a huge stigma against crying, but it’s your body’s way of coping and instead of avoiding it when you feel it coming, let it out.
  • Enjoy. Try to notice the small things that improve your day, like the taste of coffee or hitting 3 green lights in a row.
  • Don’t Be Hard on Yourself. Don’t think about other’s expectations of you, just your own. Be realistic and stop thinking about what you should do for other people–focus on you.

The only one I would add would be, “Find an Outlet.” For Rosen, it’s dance, but it could be so many other things: painting, writing, bird watching, etc. Find something that gets you focused and allows you to destress.

Offering this advice to your daughter when she’s experiencing a bad break-up, a betrayal, or a loss will greatly add to her ability to process her teen grief. Be there for her, be supportive, and most of all, love her.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with depression, anxiety, teen grief, trauma, and other emotional or behavioral problems. We strive to help our girls develop healthy habits for teens and lead themselves back onto a path of success and happiness.

For more information about how Solstice East helps with teen grief, please call 828-484-9946.

Beyond PTSD: Choosing Residential Trauma Treatment Centers for Your Child

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Commonly associated with tragedies, trauma is often misrepresented as being exclusive to those who have survived extreme, life-changing events. A veteran returning home, for example, may be traumatized by the events they witnessed. Children, on the other hand, are rarely assumed to have been traumatized. In reality, trauma is complex – and, as research shows, trauma does not have to be caused by catastrophic events to severely affect a person’s mind. As a matter of fact, depending on the situation and person, any number of factors can induce trauma. From national tragedies to observing neighbors fight, the potential causes of trauma are virtually endless and do not even have to involve a child directly. Approximately 43% of all children are estimated to have encountered at least one trauma in their life, with 3%-15% of girls developing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

But even in cases where the trauma doesn’t cause symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the trauma can have a negative effect on a person’s well-being. This is precisely where residential trauma treatment centers can help.

Benefits of Residential Trauma Treatment Centers

If left untreated, the results of trauma can cause profound changes in a child. A child who was once happy and playful may turn somber and irritable. A traumatized teenager is far more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors such as substance use in the future. Fortunately, residential trauma treatment centers can help a child avoid mistakes they would otherwise regret in the future.

At residential trauma treatment centers, there is no trauma too small. Often, children who experience the effects of trauma feel the world more immediately than their peers. Whether the trauma was caused by a small event or a large one, residential trauma treatment centers can help a child return to a healthy path.

The caring, professional staff and the state-of-the-art facilities of a residential treatment center guarantee that your daughter will be in the best of hands and will receive the level of care she deserves. The experiences that your daughter can gain at residential trauma treatment centers are not merely temporary; as a matter of fact, they last forever. Although trauma is never pleasant, with the help of a residential treatment center, it does not have to take hold of your child’s life.

Solstice East Can Help

Solstice East, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18, can help your daughter work through her trauma-related difficulties and form effective coping skills on her journey towards healing and happiness.

For more information about Solstice East, please call (855) 672-7058 today!

PTSD Awareness: Spotting the signs of PTSD in your teen

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June is PTSD Awareness Month. PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects millions of people across the world. Most people associate PTSD with war and in turn, older people. However, PTSD also affects many teens and young adults. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, 5% of adolescents have suffered from PTSD at some point in their lifetime. PTSD can occur after traumatic events like natural disasters, sexual abuse or violence, violent crimes, car accidents, and war. 

It’s clearly more of an issue than just veterans. By promoting PTSD Awareness, more people will take note of the affect PTSD has had on their own lives and notice signs of PTSD in anyone they know who has suffered from trauma in their life.

Spotting signs of PTSD in your teen

If your child has experienced a traumatic event in her life, it’s possible she’s also suffering from PTSD. PTSD awareness is all about putting aside everything you think you know about PTSD and learning about the hard facts. Here are a few signs that your teen might be experiencing symptoms of PTSD:

  • Incorporating aspects of the trauma into their lives. Your child may begin to reenact different parts of their traumatic experience in their everyday life.
  • Angry outbursts: Your child may begin to have tantrums and outbursts of frustration that never occurred before the event.
  • Feeling as though the trauma is happening again: Flashbacks are common in adults and teens suffering from PTSD symptoms.
  • Emotional numbness: Your child does not emote in the way they once did. They rarely smile anymore or express any emotion at all.
  • Reckless, violent behaviors: Teens who are struggling with PTSD often express themselves by acting out towards others. If your teen has recently been getting into fights after experiencing a traumatic event, PTSD might be to blame.

Getting Help for PTSD

If left untreated, children and teens can show signs of PTSD for years. There are a variety of treatments available for PTSD. Being aware of which ones might work the best for your teen will help you get a step closer to finding help for your teen. Here are some of the most common treatments for PTSD:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Medication (SSRIs)
  • Psychological First Aid

Solstice East can help

If your daughter is struggling with symptoms related to PTSD or trauma-related symptoms, consider Solstice East. Solstice East is a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18.

For more information about Solstice East, please call (855) 672-7058 today!

 

Truly Treating Trauma: Ways a Trauma Treatment Center Can Help Your Child

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Trauma can happen to anyone, regardless of age. As a matter of fact, studies estimate that up to 43% of children experience at least one trauma in their life, with 3%-15% of girls developing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But trauma doesn’t stop there – while many types of trauma exist, some forms are given more attention than others. For instance, a case of trauma that developed after abuse is likely to be taken far more seriously than a case that resulted from a child being worried about being bullied. Unfortunately, the truth is, all trauma is capable of causing severe problems – it’s not the perceived “size” of the trauma that matters; it is the way a child responds to it. If your teen is struggling with trauma consider a trauma treatment center to help her through the healing process. 

At a trauma treatment center, there is no trauma too small to be taken seriously. As a matter of fact, many girls who attend a trauma treatment center experience the world more deeply and more immediately than other people, which causes them to suffer trauma with greater sensitivity. Regardless of the traumatic event that set the wheels in motion, by sending your daughter to a trauma treatment center, you can be assured your child is getting the best care possible.

Benefits of Considering a Trauma Treatment Center for Your Daughter

Trauma – and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – can be difficult to deal with. On one hand, it can be hard for a parent to see their child in pain. On the other, it may seem illogical, especially if the trauma was not caused by a horrific event so much as something seemingly minor. However, since everyone responds to the world differently, there is no right or wrong way to cope with trauma.

If left untreated, trauma (and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) can spin out of control and seriously impact relationships, school performance, and the quality of life. Without proper help, trauma can also combine itself with other mental illnesses, such as depression, or lead to substance use. Fortunately, however, at a trauma treatment center, all these concerns are addressed.

At a trauma treatment center, highly trained professionals appreciate your daughter as an individual. No two people are alike and, therefore, no two treatment plans are either. With a wide range of available methods – including EMDR, neurofeedback, somatic experiencing, Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) – and a holistic approach that treats body, mind, and spirit, a trauma treatment center is sure to find the type of therapy that best fits your daughter’s needs.

While the ultimate goal is, of course, to heal your daughter, it is important to note that treating trauma begins with treating family and community relationships. The friends gained and the skills learned at a treatment center for trauma can be applied all throughout your daughter’s life. By addressing the very core of the problems your daughter experiences and making her healthy once more, a treatment center for trauma can prepare your daughter for a healthy future.

Solstice East can help

Helping your struggling daughter find success may seem like a huge challenge. Solstice East can help your daughter work through her trauma-related difficulties and form effective coping skills. Solstice East, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18, guides teens on a journey towards healing and happiness.

For more information about Solstice East, please call (855) 672-7058 today!