Caribbean Mountain Academy, a Christian therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens, works with your son or daughter to find the root of their depression and find successful ways to overcome it.
Manic Depression, more commonly referred to as Bipolar Disorder is characterized by periods of abnormally high mood and energy level followed by periods of abnormally low mood and energy level. The elevated periods are clinically referred to as manic, while the low periods are referred to as depressive.
Those suffering from Manic Depression may have periods of normal mood levels in between; others quickly alternate between mania and depression. This condition is described as rapid cycling. The manic phase is frequently characterized by heightened energy levels and decreased need for sleep. Additional symptoms include impaired judgment, spending sprees, substance abuse, risky behavior, and low attention span. The depressive phase is often manifest with anxiety, guilt, isolation, anger, disturbed sleep, fatigue, loneliness, and in some cases suicidal thoughts or actions.
Manic Depression is typically treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Because of the self-threatening nature of many of the behaviors associated with both the “highs” and “lows“ of the mood cycle, it may be necessary for commitment, either voluntary or involuntary, for treatment to proceed. The suicide rate for manic depression sufferers is a major concern. As many as one-third reported having attempted suicide or were identified as having committed suicide. This places the incidence at more than ten times the general population.
Often Manic Depression appears in childhood or early adolescence, but because of the wide range of symptoms, it can be missed or misdiagnosed. Between one third and one-half of adults who are manic-depressive reported traumatic childhood events or abuse, and those who did suffer from those reported more serious and frequent symptoms. Parents noticing fluctuating symptoms should seek professional help in determining and diagnosing the cause of the problems. Early treatment of manic depressive issues is critical, particularly given the already elevated incidence of teenage suicide attempts.
Each and every teenager is a complex and unique individual with a unique set of struggles and challenges. However, there are a number of struggles that teens face that may have similar characteristics. This is where a label such as “troubled youth” may become effective. It should not be used as a way to put them in a box, but rather to diagnose their behavior as somehow negatively different from the norm, therefore prompting parents and family members to seek help.
The dictionary defines the word “troubled” as meaning: “exhibiting emotional or behavioral problems.” Obviously, this is a broad definition, meaning that the term “troubled youth” also has a broad range of meanings. But here are some things to look for that may signify that troubled youth have crossed over from what are “normal” emotional or behavioral issues for teens to something more serious.
Caribbean Mountain Academy provides licensed mental health counseling for teenagers, in an intense 24/7 setting, far from the distractions and cares of the teenager’s home in America. Our program model is shaped around the counseling theory for change known as the Stages of Accomplishment. We help our residents progress through a natural change process for the specific struggles that were preventing them from living in their homes successfully. We are also educating and helping parents prepare for the teenager’s eventual return home.