What Exactly Are Inpatient Programs for Adolescents?

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Adolescents that suffer from mental health problems or behavioral health issues, are generally categorized as those from the ages of 12 to 17 years old.  It is important to note that this is a critical age group to focus on the treatment of these problems, and the same applies for children younger than the age of 12. With over 50 percent of mental health issues beginning by the age of 14 years old, getting your child enrolled in an adolescent inpatient program that heavily targets their problems could be the difference between healing or a lifetime of mental health problems.

In fact, 20 percent of all youth from the ages of 13 to 18 lives with a mental health condition.  Some other important statistics to realize are that 37 percent of students who have a mental health condition from the age of 14 years old and older, have the highest dropout rate out of high school compared to any other disability group.  When parents realize all the statistics involved, it starts to paint a clearer picture of how important it is to get quality mental health care as quickly as possible. The average delay of time between the onset of mental health symptoms and their actual intervention ranges from 8 to 10 years; it proves the point that there is often a very large gap where both doctors or parents may not realize that a problem exists.

So now that we understand the importance of highlighting mental health issues in the lives of adolescents, let’s take a look at what inpatient programs may look like in terms of options, treatment and the range of intensity.

To begin with, you generally want to choose to interact with a mental health facility that offers a great staff that is highly-trained, efficient and who specifically specialize in this age group. You want your adolescent or teenager to feel comfortable with the scope of the intended treatment, as well as establishing a comfortable atmosphere with their mental health professional.

The inpatient programs may differ from facility to facility, but they will likely only be by a small margin. Inpatient treatment for adolescents will include a diagnosis and assessment, with the ultimate intention of rapidly figuring out what the psychiatric issues are and how to properly respond.

The environment is usually very structured, which is useful in providing the patient with a solid foundation for the entire duration of the treatment. Inpatient treatment will, after a time, help provide a smooth transition to less intensive follow-up care and the appropriate levels of support. Multi-modal psychotherapeutic treatment is led by a team of mental health physicians in various disciplines; this provides the patient with a treatment team that focuses on solving multiple aspects of the behavioral or mental health issue. At the end of treatment, which can range for several weeks in time, the facility then works on discharge planning with both the adolescent’s family, as well as other future support groups in an outpatient setting.

The inpatient program at ClearView Behavioral Health is meant to be several intense weeks that has shown a high rate of success. Given the importance of treatment as early on as possible, we also offer free and confidential assessments for potential patients; contact Clear View Behavioral Health today at 970-461-5061 today.