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Los Angeles Mental Health Treatment for Adolescents

When a teen is struggling with a mental health condition it can profoundly impact all aspects of their lives.  This can be evident in a decline in academic performance, persistent difficulties with social relationships, stress within the family dynamic, and negative changes in various behaviors and habits.  Getting professional treatment for an adolescent experiencing mood disorders or psychiatric distress is imperative in order to restore healthy functioning. Our mental health treatment center in Los Angeles can help!

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Mental Health Conditions

Depression is a mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, decreased energy, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of self-harm or suicide. It can significantly impact daily functioning and quality of life.

Anxiety refers to a range of disorders characterized by excessive worry, fear, and unease. Common symptoms include restlessness, irritability, racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension, and physical sensations like rapid heartbeat or shortness of breath. Anxiety disorders can interfere with daily activities and may include specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or social anxiety disorder.

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by extreme mood swings that alternate between periods of elevated or “manic” episodes and depressive episodes. Manic episodes involve heightened energy, euphoria, impulsivity, and erratic behavior, while depressive episodes involve persistent sadness, low energy, loss of interest, and feelings of worthlessness.

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Symptoms may include intrusive memories or nightmares related to the event, avoidance of reminders, negative changes in mood and cognition, and heightened arousal or reactivity. Trauma can refer to various distressing experiences that overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope, such as physical or sexual abuse, accidents, natural disasters, or combat exposure.

Suicidal ideations involve thoughts or preoccupations with death, dying, or self-harm. It can range from fleeting thoughts to detailed plans for suicide. Suicidal ideations often indicate significant emotional distress and should be taken seriously, requiring immediate attention and support from mental health professionals.

If you or someone you love has experienced suicidal ideations or self-harm, you can call the 988 Lifeline 24/7 or visit

Psychotic disorders are a group of severe mental illnesses characterized by the presence of psychosis, which involves a loss of contact with reality. Symptoms may include hallucinations (perceiving things that aren’t there) and delusions (strongly held false beliefs). Examples of psychotic disorders include schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.

Mood disorders are a class of mental health conditions that include all types of depression and bipolar disorders. Mood disorders can be caused by a variety of different factors, including a chemical imbalance, traumatic events, or even genetics. For people with mood disorders, feelings of depression, irritability, anxiety, or hopelessness are more intense than normal. Mood disorders can make it challenging to manage obligations at work, school, or home. 

Mood disorders are typically treated through a combination of medication and therapy.

Oppositional Defiance Disorder is a behavioral disorder often diagnosed in childhood. Children with ODD exhibit consistent defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior, particularly towards authority figures like parents, teachers, or other adults. Their defiance often leads to frequent arguments and conflicts, making adhering to rules and expectations challenging. While some oppositional behavior is considered normal during child development, persistent and severe ODD can disrupt daily life and social functioning.

Borderline Personality Disorder is a complex and challenging mental health condition affecting emotional regulation and interpersonal relationships. People with BPD frequently experience erratic emotions, making it difficult to manage them effectively. Due to this emotional instability, impulsive behaviors like self-harm or reckless behavior may be used as a coping mechanism. Additionally, because of their fears of abandonment and rapidly changing identities, people with BPD may find establishing and maintaining stable and healthy relationships challenging.

Self-harm refers to intentional and non-suicidal acts of inflicting injury upon oneself. Individuals who engage in self-harm may do so to cope with overwhelming emotional pain, stress, or feelings of emotional numbness. Forms of self-harm include cutting, burning, scratching, or hitting oneself. Self-harm is a sign of underlying emotional distress and is not necessarily an expression of suicidal intent. Proper support and professional help are crucial for addressing the root causes and finding healthier coping mechanisms.

Impulsivity is characterized by acting on urges without considering potential consequences. Individuals with high impulsivity may find it challenging to regulate their behaviors, leading to difficulties in making sound decisions and managing their daily lives effectively. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most effective form of treating impulsivity problems or impulse control disorders, as CBT places a heavy emphasis on understanding the relationship between thoughts and behaviors.

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Warning Signs of Teen
Mental Health Disorders

The tumultuous teen years can sometimes make it difficult to determine if the changes in behavior are due to normal age-related hormonal fluctuations and psychosocial development or not.  If the teen’s struggles and symptoms last for more than a few weeks it may be a sign of a mental health condition.  Some of the warning signs may include:

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    Psychiatric Evaluations

    To effectively treat a teen who is exhibiting signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder there must first be a thorough physical and psychiatric evaluation conducted.  The physical exam will rule out a possible health condition that might be contributing to the symptoms.  The psychiatric evaluation will encompass a comprehensive list of factors, as well as consider any history of mental health conditions and treatment received. BNI Treatment Centers can conduct full assessments and diagnostic evaluations for everyone receives the best treatment possible.

    Based on the results of the intake interview and health assessments, a treatment plan will be designed to align with the needs of the teen at their particular stage of emotional development. For adolescents, the earlier the therapeutic interventions are provided, the better the treatment outcome. While each teen’s diagnosis and treatment needs will differ, there are general treatment elements to expect in residential mental health programs.

    BNI Treatment Centers focus on providing comprehensive and effective residential mental health treatment for adolescents. At BNI Treatment Centers, a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches is employed to address the unique needs of each teen. These therapies include:

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT helps teens identify negative thought patterns and behaviors and equips them with coping strategies to manage emotional challenges effectively. By altering these patterns, adolescents can develop healthier ways of processing their emotions and experiences.
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): DBT focuses on teaching teens mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills. This therapy is particularly beneficial for adolescents struggling with self-destructive behaviors or intense emotional fluctuations.
    • Family Therapy: Family therapy involves the teen and their family members, helping them improve communication, resolve conflicts, and provide a supportive environment during the recovery process.
    • Group Therapy: Group therapy provides a safe space for teens to share their experiences and learn from their peers. It fosters a sense of belonging and encourages mutual support.
    • Art Therapy and Expressive Therapies: Art therapy allows teens to express themselves creatively, providing an outlet for emotions that may be difficult to articulate verbally.

    The Advantages of Residential Mental Health Treatment: BNI Treatment Centers offer teen residential treatment that provide a higher level of care and support than traditional outpatient services. Some of the benefits of residential treatment for teen mental health include:

    • 24/7 Supervision and Support: In a residential setting, teens have round-the-clock access to trained staff who can provide immediate support during crises or moments of distress.
    • Structured Environment: Residential treatment provides a structured daily routine, which can be crucial for teens struggling with mental health issues. This environment fosters consistency and predictability, promoting stability and progress.
    • Immersive Therapeutic Environment: Being in a residential facility allows teens to immerse themselves fully in the therapeutic process without the distractions of everyday life.
    • Collaborative Treatment Planning: BNI Treatment Centers work closely with families and involve them in the treatment planning process, ensuring a holistic approach to healing.

    Psychiatrists Leading the Staff

    One of the unique strengths of BNI Treatment Centers is the leadership of experienced psychiatrists within their staff. Here’s how this benefits teen mental health treatment:

    • Medical Expertise: Psychiatrists are medical doctors specialized in mental health, capable of diagnosing and treating complex psychiatric conditions.
    • Medication Management: For teens who may benefit from medication as part of their treatment plan, having psychiatrists overseeing their care ensures appropriate medication management and monitoring.
    • Holistic Approach: Psychiatrists collaborate with other mental health professionals, such as therapists and counselors, to provide a well-rounded and integrated treatment approach.

    At our anxiety and depression treatment center in Los Angeles in teen mental health is taken seriously, and a variety of evidence-based therapies are offered to address each individual’s unique needs. The residential treatment setting, coupled with the guidance of experienced psychiatrists, creates an environment where teens can heal, grow, and work towards a brighter future. If your teen is struggling with mental health challenges, BNI Treatment Centers offer a beacon of hope and support for their recovery journey.

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    We Currently DO NOT Accept Medi-Cal, Medicare, IEHP, Kaiser or Government state/county funded health insurance.

    Our Mental Health Treatment Center in Los Angeles

    Our mental health treatment center in Los Angeles is a physician owned and operated treatment program serving teens ages 12-17 needing therapeutic intervention for a mental health disorder or behavioral health concerns.  The staff at our teen mental health treatment specializes in mental health interventions and treatment, including acute stabilization and residential treatment programs.

    We are located in private treatment center in Agoura Hills and Calabasas near Los Angeles in Southern California. We serve clients from all 50 states and across the world.

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