Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a complex mental health disorder than often emerges in childhood or early teen years. The disorder can manifest itself in thoughts and behaviors that are disruptive to the teen’s daily activities and concerning to parents. When the OCD disorder becomes unmanageable, even under the care of a psychiatrist, then residential OCD treatment for teens might be the next step in appropriate interventions.
OCD is a psychological disorder within the anxiety spectrum of mental health disorders that impacts about half a million children or adolescents annually. Pediatric onset OCD is association with a higher risk of developing other mental health disorders in adulthood. Unfortunately, youth-onset OCD is often undetected or diagnosed for years before a proper diagnosis is made. This delay in treatment can result in years of suffering and embarrassment as the teen attempts to hide the symptoms from others.
When a parent suspects their teen might have OCD the first stop will be the primary care provider who can first rule out any medical condition that may be attributed to the symptoms. They may order labs to check thyroid function and other screenings. If no health condition is responsible, then the doctor will refer the teen to a psychiatrist for a psychological evaluation.
OCD can cause a teen to experience unsettling and intrusive thoughts, called obsessions, which trigger ritualistic, repetitive behaviors, called compulsions, in response to the thoughts. In this ongoing cycle of obsessive thinking and subsequent repetitive behaviors, the teen can become so enmeshed in the symptoms that they become frozen, unable to move forward with usual activities. While teen OCD presents a significant mental health challenge, the condition can be managed through a multimodal approach to treatment. It is important to locate a mental health provider who has experience treating kids or teens with OCD. If symptoms continue to deteriorate regardless of outpatient efforts, a residential program is an appropriate level of care.
Teen Treatment Programs
When a teen experiences a sudden psychiatric or drug-related crisis that can bring about significant impairment in function, or even be life-threatening, acute stabilization services are required. Acute stabilization involves integrated medical and psychiatric interventions provided in a medical environment on a short-term basis that are adjusted to the level of the specific emergency—mild, moderate, or severe.
Primary Mental Health
When a teen is struggling with a mental health condition it can profoundly impact all aspects of their lives. Getting professional treatment for an adolescent experiencing mood disorders or psychiatric distress is imperative in order to restore healthy functioning. Residential treatment allows the time and space for real change to occur within a safe and supportive treatment environment.
When a teen struggles with both a substance use disorder (SUD) and a co-occurring mental health disorder it is termed Dual Diagnosis. Both disorders must be treated in a coordinated manner for a successful recovery outcome. A skilled psychotherapist can guide the teen towards exploring underlying emotional pain to help understand the contributing factors toward both the SUD and the accompanying depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or other mental health disorders. Only by examining the whole psychological picture can an effective, individualized treatment plan be developed.
On-Site Academic Support
While seeking treatment is the top priority, it is also important that an extended absence from school does not negatively impact the teen’s academic progress. During the residential treatment period, the adolescent will continue to engage in their studies with the assistance of the BNI case management and treatment team coordinating with the school representatives and parents. During treatment the student may require additional assistance with their schoolwork. To aid with this, BNI Treatment Centers provides on-site tutors as well as computer stations for the teen’s school use while in treatment.
Getting Your Teen Treatment
BNI Treatment Centers for Teens is a comprehensive residential behavioral health treatment program for ages 12-17. BNI is dedicated to empowering teens who are struggling in various facets of their lives due to their specific conditions or issues. The treatment team develops individualize treatment plans to overcome these challenges to get their lives back on a positive trajectory.
The compassionate clinical team at BNI recognizes the unique struggles associated with the teen years that may culminate in social problems, high-risk behaviors, substance abuse, mood disorders such as anxiety or depression, or legal problems. The BNI clinical treatment team works with the teens using the treatment modality that is best suited to treat their unique condition or issues.
The inpatient program at BNI encompasses all treatment elements, including individual and group therapy, family therapy, nutrition, and experiential therapies. BNI utilizes evidence-based approaches, those treatment modalities that have been scientifically tested and proven to be effective, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based therapy (MBCT), psychodynamic therapy, and solution focused brief therapy (SFBT).
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Arastou Aminzadeh, M.D.
Dr. Arastou Aminzadeh or Dr. A as most teens refer to him, has been working in variety of clinical settings for the last 20 years. He is well respected nationally for his expertise in Addiction medicine and treating adolescents. Dr. A is a triple board certified physician in psychiatry, Child and Adolescent psychiatry and Addiction medicine.
Oliver Ahmadpour, M.D.
Dr. Oliver Ahmadpour is an adult and child psychiatrist with nearly four decades of experience in the field of medicine with an M.D. degree from Sweden, where he practiced as an Internal Medicine physician. In the U.S. he completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Endocrinology at UCSD, and his Residency and Fellowship in Adult, Child, and adolescent Psychiatry at USC Keck School of Medicine.
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BNI Treatment Centers for Teens is located in Southern California. The BNI residential facilities are top of the line, luxury accommodations set in a safe, secure, and private location. Your teen will be cared for with the highest standard of care, including meals, amenities, and an expert staff and nursing that is available 24/7.