One of the most common challenges in providing successful teen treatment for youth is the improper and/or incomplete diagnosis of symptoms. There exists a combination of reasons why this is the case, including things such as hurried diagnostic processes, late diagnostics (for instance,after teens have already begun treatment), and/or treatment plans that are presdesigned according to symptoms, rather than according to teens’ individual circumstances and experiences. Along these lines, a commonly misdiagnosed condition that presents very much like Teen Depression is shame.
There are a number of different conditions and illnesses which can lead to teens presenting symptoms that appear like depression. For instance, things such as trauma, chronic neglect, abuse, and other forms of shame can present consistent, severe symptoms depressive symptoms. Unfortunately, in these cases, medication and treatment aimed at depression will not address teens’ underlying needs and the real sources for their current struggles.
Symptoms related to shame can look extremely similar to depression. It’s common for teens suffering from shame to withdraw from others, to feel overwhelmed, to feel anxious, to become apathetic, and to isolate themselves. Teens often experience low feeling sof self-worth, an overwhelming sense of inadequacy, have a tendency to believe they deserve punishment, and feel discouraged and hopeless, like nothing they do is good enough. It’s also common when teens are suffering from shame for other areas of their lives to suffer, including things such as their academic responsibilities, their relationships, and even their physical health.
Paradigm Treatment Centers Teen Treatment for Shame:
At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we approach all teen treatment with the understanding that symptoms can be complex and surprising, and often overlap between conditions and illnesses. Because of this, we design every teen treatment plan individually, based on a thorough assessment of all aspects of teens’ health, which takes place within 48 hours of admission. This assessment addresses emotional, physical, relational, mental, and academic aspects of teens’ health, so that we have the most complete, accurate picture possible, when designing treatment. This process makes us especially successful at recognizing and diagnosing Teen Co-Occurring Disorders as well as complex presentations of symptoms, such as those stemming from shame. In addition to our careful diagnosis and treatment design process, we draw upon a wide range of therapeutic resources and approaches, including things such as Teen Family therapy, Teen Recreational Therapy, Teen Yoga Therapy, Teen Drama Therapy, Teen Equine Therapy, and more. All teens receive individual therapy sessions every day while in treatment, as well as numerous other therapeutic groups and activities.