At Chapters, we specialize in diagnosing and treating the whole child and work with families to ensure reunification and integration into a healthy and whole life. We treat mental health and addiction issues. Below we highlight some of the common issues our teens are facing but this is not a complete list of diagnosis that we treat.
Teens can display signs of depression in a variety of ways. Lack of energy, withdrawing from the family or friends, anger outbursts, failing grades, lack of interest in participation of activities or events, reliance on media or video games, and using substances are some of the common signs of depression.
This can be a difficult subject for parents to address with a teen and it may be hard to distinguish typical angst from a more serious issue. It is always better to check with a professional if depression is suspected.
We address the root cause of the issue with teens and provide a supportive and nurturing environment for teens to recover and develop.
Anxiety is an inevitable emotion, especially among teens, however when anxiety impedes on daily life, teens may suffer long term consequences when not handled professionally.
Anxiety in teens is often displayed with avoidance, over worrying, rigidity in schedules or performance, being overly critical on themselves, withdraw, panic attacks, and possible substance use.
We provide teens the tools and skills that help clients to cope with life stressors. Our center is a microcosm and allows teens a place to build community and commonality among one another.
Teens process trauma differently than adults do. Their developing brains can be forever altered with traumatic events or ongoing stressors. This is why professional intervention is key to helping teens process and cope.
Trauma can come from a single event or prolonged exposure to stressful situations that become traumatic. Teens may relive traumatic event(s) over and over again leading to anxiety, depression, compulsive behaviors, self-harm, and thoughts of suicide.
Our trauma focused and informed therapy modalities address the cause of the trauma and provides coping skills for young clients.
Bipolar disorder is most commonly diagnosed in late adolescence but can be diagnosed in children as young as five years old. Bipolar is identified with manic and depressive episodes and in teens can have a range of symptoms from high energy and reduced sleeping with a manic episode to depression, low energy, and withdraw with depressive episodes.
Our psychiatrist works with teens and families to ensure the best care and medication management is in place for clients.
This broad term is used to cover a variety of personality issues that can affect a teens development and identity and that can adversely impact relationships, self-worth, and academic performance. Teens may display impulse control issues, erratic behavior or thinking patterns, emotional instability and impairments in relationships.
Our center provides individual and group teen therapy in order to teach coping skills and provide teens tools needed for emotional regulation and personal development.
Conduct / Defiance & Oppositional Disorders
A teen with an oppositional or conduct disorder can present with defiance, anger or aggression, irritability, and withdraw from family and friends. These teens may have a hard time staying out of trouble in school and/or in the home.
Teens do best with early intervention techniques and we work with adolescents and families to help set boundaries and expectations. We treat the whole family unit and our center allows families the support from others who may be experiencing similar issues.
Attachment & Adjustment Disorders
Adjusting to a change in the family status, experiencing a death or loss, moving to a new school or home, having a health issue or diagnosis, or a change in relationships are all events that may require some guidance from professionals.
Early childhood attachments can have life long consequences and teens with reactive attachment disorder may withdraw from healthy relationships, lack appropriate emotional responses, seek attention excessively, form inappropriate attachments, and have poor boundaries.
If you feel that your teen is not adjusting to a change in their life, not progressing in education, goals, relationships, or that they are involved in toxic relationships, withdrawing or showing other signs of adjustment or attachment disorders, contact us. Our staff of professionals are able to help adolescents explore their emotions, motivations, actions, early attachments, and attitudes in order to make navigating life's changes more manageable.
A teen who has an addiction problem or abuses substances can put a strain on a family. Whether it's an illegal substance or a prescription medication meant to treat that ends up becoming an issue, either way, having a child dependent on substances can feel confusing, isolating, scary, and frustrating.
Teens using substances may become withdrawn, easily angered or emotionally reactive, act secretively, or show signs of anxiety or depression. We treat dual diagnosis mental health and substance abuse in teens. Our team is trained in recovery and relapse prevention and we utilize community inclusion and goal development for long term recovery strategies all while focusing on the root cause of the issue.
For teens developing their gender identity, it is important that they feel supported in their journey. Our clinic addresses the distress and isolation that some teens may face and/or feel surrounding their gender or sexual identity.
Adolescents display gender dysphoria through discussing the disconnect they feel with their gender, asking to be treated like another gender or associating and acting more like another gender. Teens may withdraw, self-harm, use substances, or act out as a way to express their frustrations or silence their emotions surrounding this topic. Our center emphasizes inclusion and education for clients and their families.