The Turnbridge Adolescent Extended Program treats mental health and substance use disorders in people between 14 and 17 years of age.
Mental health disorders are numerous and varied. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5) catalogs more than X hundred diagnoses. Because many patients suffer from multiple conditions, other complicating factors, and levels of acuity, thousands of diagnoses are possible. The many permutations of mental illness make accurate diagnosis crucial. The popular widespread use of broad terms, like depression, anxiety, and mood disorders, may create the impression that there are few types of many mental health conditions, or that they are similar. In fact, no two experiences of mental health conditions are the same, and many factors contribute to the development and experience of these disorders. Learning about each client’s medical history, family situation, academic background, and sociocultural influences help clinicians understand the nuances that shape each experience of mental illness and arrive at an accurate diagnosis.
Parents and loved ones seek treatment for the symptoms of mental illness, rather than specific diagnoses. The symptoms that often lead adolescents to treatment include:
- Sudden changes in attitude or behaviors including sudden mood swings, periods of intense sadness or elation
- Long periods of sadness or lack of interest in activities that used to bring joy
Acute cases of certain disorders require specialized treatment.
Mental health disorders and substance use disorders are almost always interconnected — especially among adolescents. Misuse of prescription and illicit drugs and alcohol almost always results from young people self-medicating for unaddressed dysphoria and mental illness. Successfully treating underlying mental health conditions is often necessary to eliminate reasons to misuse substances. Turnbridge approaches mental health and substance use disorders as interconnected issues that require holistic approaches.