As a parent, you naturally want to protect your child from any pain. Despite this, it’s still possible that your teen may experience trauma in their life, and may suffer mental health problems as a result.
If you’re looking at how to help with trauma treatment, then the first step is understanding whether your child is enduring trauma and whether their mental health has been compromised. Then take the relevant steps to find treatment programs with dependable providers, such as Ignite’s residential treatment center for troubled teens.
There are a variety of ways trauma can be caused, including:
- Being involved in an accident, such as a car accident
- Natural disasters
- Grief trauma from losing a loved one
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Illness or injury
- Being a victim of crime
- Witnessing violence
- Witnessing any sort of traumatic event, or being involved in any sort of traumatic event
If your teen suffered trauma at a very young age, it might be that they feel more affected by trauma as they get older. It may also be the case that the signs and symptoms may not arise until they have reached their teen years.
It’s important to remember that having your teen suffer through trauma doesn’t mean that you have done anything wrong as a parent. Teens can be affected in many different ways as they are growing up, and trauma can still happen anywhere, at any time, through no fault of the parent.
It’s also vital to understand that trauma recovery isn’t just about mental and emotional recovery. Following physical accidents or injuries, it may be that your teen needs physical therapy at a dedicated health center, too.
It’s also possible that your teen could be suffering from mental health issues stemming from trauma, as well as other trauma symptoms alongside. An example of this could be suffering from depression, but also having panic attacks and fears such as agoraphobia as a direct result of a traumatic incident.
This is why tailored trauma treatment is crucial, to both understand and treat the trauma, and also care for your teen through mental health issues and offer support through negative thoughts.
What are the Symptoms of Trauma?
In wanting to help your teen through their experience with trauma, you first need to understand which signs and symptoms you should be looking for.
Every teen, and every instance of trauma, will be different. Different symptoms may manifest in different teens, and even then may do so in different ways with varying degrees of severity. It’s also important to note that symptoms of trauma may not appear until long after the event in question – maybe even years later. That’s why it’s important to always be on the lookout for symptoms of trauma, no matter how much time has passed, because you – or your teen – will never know when they might decide to surface.
It’s also important to note that not all instances, occurrences, or accidents will definitely result in trauma. Some teens may experience trauma, and some may not.
Symptoms of trauma may manifest in ways that are logical to the event in question; for example, being involved in a car accident may leave a teen frightened of driving, or have a fear of leaving the house altogether. However, there is always the case that trauma may manifest in ways that aren’t related or obvious to the original traumatic experience, such as depression or substance abuse.
The most common signs of trauma to watch out for nevertheless are:
- Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety
- Panic attacks, especially when confronted with situations, people or places which remind the individual of their traumatic experience
- Social withdrawal
- Feelings of shame
- Feelings of self-blame
Feelings of shame are common with trauma victims, as often they might believe they could have done something to stop the incident, or else wrongly think that they were to blame for the incident in question. Traumatic incidents can lead to high levels of self-doubt and a lack of self-esteem.
This list isn’t extensive to all possible symptoms, but if your teen shows any sign of these, then it’s a good indication that they may be struggling with trauma and a good enough reason to approach the subject of any trauma treatment they made need.
Furthermore, if you’re aware of a traumatic incident in your teen’s past and are now noticing symptoms that are highly likely to be related to the incident, then seeking help and support is highly advised to return your teen to a safe and fulfilled life as soon as possible.
Let Ignite Help Your Teen Deal with Their Trauma
We understand anxiety and depression in teens. Our professionals understand the ways in which trauma can cause or exacerbate these issues, and we want to help. Our residential treatment can be tailored for the right recovery plan needed for your teen’s experience with their own personal trauma.
Because of the individual circumstance of trauma and the need for sensitivity and care in very personal cases, we understand that teen trauma treatment is best done on a one to one basis. Enrolling in our residential treatment programs doesn’t mean that your teen won’t receive the privacy they require in a safe environment. Treatments sessions such as one on one therapy and counseling discussions will be done privately and compassionately, with your teen’s comfort always in mind.
What You Can Also Do to Help
Trauma doesn’t just affect your teen; it affects you as a parent or loved one, too. At Ignite Treatment Centers, we are also skilled in working with families in order to help them develop the necessary skills to support a teen going through trauma. This is especially important for the time when your teen will leave their treatment program and needs ongoing support to keep them on the right path after they have returned home from our facilities.
Together, we can provide the right teenagers psychiatric treatment with the relevant ongoing support needed from the family of a struggling teen.