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What is Teen Trauma Treatment?

Have you ever described yourself as “numb” following a family tragedy or natural disaster? In fact, what you are feeling is trauma. The American Psychological Association defines trauma as an emotional response to a terrible event. Moreover, teenagers experiencing trauma may respond in many different ways. While some may experience no lasting effect, others are at risk of developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. In these cases, it can be extremely difficult to move forward following the traumatic event. Therefore, teen trauma treatment can help overcome these issues during rehab.

How can I identify signs of Trauma?

Psychological trauma will become evident by a person’s behavior. Someone who has experienced a tragic loss in his or her family or survived a disaster may appear disoriented and unresponsive, and may become isolated or withdrawn from others. A person suffering from PTSD may experience feelings of grief or guilt, and in some cases physical pains such as headaches. Trauma can keep a person up at night, or cause them to have recurring nightmares that will not go away without healing. For example, our treatment programs also include:

What Causes Teen Trauma?

Teens can be impacted by trauma in a number of ways. Specifically, a tragedy in early childhood can leave emotional scars that may not heal without treatment. Other traumatic events can include physical or sexual abuse, or being witness to domestic or school violence.

The National Center for PTSD identifies the five main types of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as:

  • Normal Stress Response: An emotional response to a traumatic event that leads to a complete recovery in about five weeks.
  • Acute Stress Disorder: A severe response to trauma that can include panic attacks, sleeplessness, and the inability to manage daily activities.
  • Uncomplicated PTSD: Re-experiencing a traumatic event.
  • Comorbid PTSD: The symptoms of PTSD with other psychological disorders.
  • Complex PTSD: A person with extensive trauma. The National Center for PTSD states that those who suffer from Complex PTSD ”often are diagnosed with borderline or antisocial personality disorder or dissociative disorders.”

What are Some Treatment Options for my Teen’s Trauma?

A person suffering from trauma may be able to overcome what’s happened through counseling. In fact, teens dealing with anxiety caused by trauma must develop coping strategies, something that can be difficult for young people as this may be their first exposure to a traumatic event.

The American Psychological Association encourages talking to your kids in the wake of a traumatic event. However, PTSD sufferers may require longer-term care and assistance to help them overcome trauma.

 

Learn More About Destinations for Teens

At Destinations for Teens, our teen trauma treatment will coincide with a treatment program for the best possible outcome in recovery. Moreover, your teen will have the guidance, support, and encouragement to face their fears with confidence. To learn more, contact us today at 877-466-0620.