When considering diagnosis and treatment planning for Teen Mental Health and Substance Abuse conditions, it’s important to understand that depressive-like symptoms can stem from a wide range of different factors. While depression is the underlying cause in many cases, sometimes different forms of shame, such as neglect and trauma can also cause consistent depressive symptoms that appear like depression. This is an instance where careful, precise diagnosis is so important because medication and treatment designed to address depression is usually not going to help teens to recover and in some cases, may actually cause harm. To this end, our diagnosis and treatment design process includes several measures to make careful consideration of instances of trauma and shame, which may be causing and/or aggravating teens’ current depressive symptoms.
Symptoms from shame can look similar or even identical to symptoms of depression, which is why it can be so difficult to effectively diagnose. Some of these symptoms include things such as: teens isolating themselves, feeling apathy toward life, low self-confidence, feelings of being overwhelmed, feelings of anxiety and racing thoughts, inability to focus, insomnia, and other health ailments. It’s also very common for teens suffering from shame to experience trouble in school, relationships, and with their responsibilities.
One integral part of our Teen Treatment process is our careful attention to recognizing Co-Occurring disorders, throughout and following the diagnosis process. This is especially important in instances of Teen Shame, since it may be present with another co-occurring disorder. Our team of therapists is highly skilled in maintaining presence and careful observation of teens, including different and/or less usual factors which might be affecting symptoms and behavior. As therapists work with teens in therapy sessions, they continually try to help teens identify stressors and triggers in their lives, as well as identify methods to help teens to relax and feel comfortable engaging fully and meaningfully in treatment. By helping teens to engage in this way and uncover the deeper emotional issues that are at play, therapists will be able to recognize the presence and effects shame, and continue to tailor treatment, accordingly.
Paradigm San Francisco:
At Paradigm San Francisco, we’re committed to providing holistic, individualized treatment to every teen who comes through our doors. It’s worth noting that this kind of ongoing careful intensive treatment is only possible because virtually every aspect of our treatment philosophy and facility have been designed to support it. From our high staff to teen ratio to our daily individual therapy sessions, to our intensive diagnostic interview process and our Co-Occurring Disorder treatment program, at Paradigm San Francisco we go above and beyond treating outward symptoms. This is the reason for our continued success in supporting young people and is our commitment to every teen who comes to us here at Paradigm.